West Brom comfortably defeated Harrogate Town in the Carabao Cup 3-0 and as such, they will host Brentford at The Hawthorns in the next round.
Goals from Rekeem Harper, Hal Robson-Kanu and Callum Robinson ensured a first win of the campaign for Albion, which might just boost their confidence slightly heading into Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Everton.
Slaven Bilic made ten changes to the side that lost 3-0 to Leicester City with Dara O’Shea the only man keeping his place as Ahmed Hegazi was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Albion in the opening few minutes were pinned back by Harrogate, who were looking to use dead ball situations to their advantage.
After 18 minutes though, Albion took the lead after Rekeem Harper swivelled and arrowed a long-range effort into the net after a poor Harrogate clearance.
The Baggies doubled their advantage just four minutes later when Hal Robson-Kanu finished beautifully from 25 yards out after being slipped in by Cedric Kipre.
Albion then wasted a few opportunities to kill the game off when Austin’s strike was cleared off the line and Phillips missed a one on one chance.
Towards the final 15 minutes, Bilic’s men finally confirmed their place in the third round when Robinson tapped home Kyle Edwards’s cross after an impressive piece of skill.
Here’s how we rated the WBA players in the 3-0 win:
David Button - 7
A solid debut. Was authoritative when coming for crosses and made one impressive reflex save from a Harrogate set piece in the first half.
Lee Peltier - 6
Peltier finally made his professional debut for Albion and was quite reliable, putting in a tidy performance but he wasn’t heavily tested by a poor Harrogate side.
Cedric Kipre - 7
Kept Harrogate at bay by earning a clean sheet as well as grabbing an assist for Robson-Kanu’s goal. Will be aiming to push for involvement in a Premier League game soon and went the right way about it.
Dara O'Shea - 7
O’Shea was the only one in the team who kept his place from the Leicester game but he put in another dominant and mature performance. Lashed wide from a corner early on in the first half, but his defensive duties were spot on.
Conor Townsend - 6
Townsend was another one who did a solid job, with Harrogate hardly threatening down the left hand side. He got some important minutes in the tank after struggling with injury recently.
Sam Field - 7
Field was impressive with some nice touches and good tackles to win the ball back for the Baggies. Got stuck in, in the second half which denied Harrogate making any ground.
Rekeem Harper - 7
Scored the opening goal of the game with a brilliant strike. Carried on from where he left off in the second half with a composed performance all round as Albion eased to victory.
Kyle Edwards - 7
Was a danger down the left all evening with his first teasing delivery being narrowly missed by Austin. A delightful bit of skill and a quality ball allowed Robinson to tap home as he grabbed a much-deserved assist.
Kamil Grosicki - 4
Almost caught the goalkeeper out with a clever free-kick but apart from that, it was disappointing from the Polish international, whose final ball let him down throughout the game.
Hal Robson-Kanu - 5
Robson-Kanu curled in a wonderful goal from 25 yards out, but apart from that, he didn’t have too much influence on the game. Quiet in both halves before being substituted.
Charlie Austin - 4
Cut a frustrated figure missing two good opportunities to get on the score sheet. Set Phillips up who couldn’t finish the chance off but Austin just doesn’t seem to have the turn of pace to outsmart defenders. Disappointing tonight.
Matt Phillips - 5 (subbed on 55')
Should have scored when Austin set him up but should have claimed an assist when Austin spurned his chance. Passing and crosses were sloppy.
Romaine Sawyers - 6 (subbed on 61')
Came into midfield alongside Field and Harper nicely to ensure the victory.
Callum Robinson - 6 (subbed on 73')
Was placed well to tap home Edwards’s neat cross to open his account for the season. Confidence booster.