West Brom bowed out of the Carabao Cup on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Brentford in normal time.
The Baggies were edged out 5-4 in the shoot-out with Grady Diangana’s penalty miss proving the difference as Christian Norgaard slotted his spot-kick to give victory to The Bees.
Slaven Bilic made a total of eleven changes for this cup encounter, a game which saw Branislav Ivanovic and Conor Gallagher handed their debuts at The Hawthorns.
Albion broke the deadlock shortly after the restart, with Robson-Kanu hacked down in the box after pouncing on a defensive mistake from the visitors.
The Welshman then cooly dispatched his spot-kick past David Raya to put the hosts in front.
However, two minutes later, Brentford equalised as Forss’s back stick cross was headed high into the penalty area by Goode and the falling ball was acrobatically finished by Marcondes.
Albion then re-took the lead within the next ten minutes with Kyle Edwards winning a spot-kick, after being impressively slipped in by Gallagher.
Robson-Kanu converted again in the same corner as he notched a brace for the evening.
The penalty game wasn’t over by any means with Cedric Kipre giving away a spot-kick this time, although it was a soft one to award from referee Darren England.
Forss stepped up and smashed the ball down the middle past David Button to take the game to penalties.
Albion could not overcome their last penalty shoot-out heartache that they suffered in the playoffs with Diangana slipping up after Charlie Austin, Conor Gallagher, Kyle Edwards and Conor Townsend had all converted.
Here’s how we rated the WBA players:
David Button - 6
Nearly gave Kipre an injury scare, coming out a long way to clear the ball in the first half. Couldn’t do anything to stop Marcondes’s overhead kick or Forss’ penalty.
Lee Peltier - 6
Was impressive in his defensive duties by clearing one off the line. With the game opening up in the latter stages though, Forss got more room down Peltier’s side which caused Albion problems.
Cedric Kipre - 6
Was impressive in the first half dealing with Brentford’s forward movement, but was more sloppy in the second as he gave the ball away on multiple occasions before conceding a penalty late on, albeit it was a soft decision.
Branislav Ivanovic - 7
A solid debut for the Serbian, who used his experience well to snuff out the Brentford attack for the 60 minutes he was on the pitch. Showed his aggressive side too with some crunching tackles and impressive aerial wins.
Conor Townsend - 6
Passing let him down in the final third a few times and he struggled to deal with Henry on the overlap for Brentford throughout. Did well to push Albion up the pitch at times with his quick feet. Converted his penalty.
Rekeem Harper - 7
Another impressive display from Harper in the cup, who showed the energy and slick passing that Albion needed during the evening. Responded to the challenges of Brentford’s midfield well and will be looking to push Bilic into starting him for the Premier League games.
Sam Field - 7
Was impressive in defence, with him playing the deepest role out of the midfield trio. Moved the ball well in midfield, linking up nicely with Gallagher and Harper. Another strong showing.
Conor Gallagher - 7
A solid debut for the loanee, who should have opened his account in the early stages of the game. Had fantastic energy on the pitch and wanted the ball at every opportunity which was pleasing. Just missed the goal that would have completed a great performance, but it wasn’t to be. Scored a clever penalty in the shoot-out with him dinking it down the middle.
Matt Phillips - 7
Picked out Gallagher brilliantly in the opening few minutes, but the loanee couldn’t convert. His runs up the right side caused problems but his decision making held him back.
Kyle Edwards - 7
Just like against Harrogate, Edwards posed problems for Rico Henry on the left side. Picked up the ball well from Gallagher to win the second Albion penalty before dispatching his own confidently in the shoot-out.
Hal Robson-Kanu - 7
Was asked to play as a lone striker in this game, despite playing with Austin in the last round, but nonetheless he impressed with his high work rate making him a nuisance for most of the evening. Cooly dispatched two spot-kicks for the Baggies, but they couldn’t hold on for the victory.
Dara O'Shea - 6 (subbed on 59')
Had one poor moment when bringing down Henry after being caught out of position but held the defence together nicely for the time he was on.
Grady Diangana - 6 (subbed on 71')
Was added to create some chances to find a winner but couldn’t do so. Saw his penalty saved which was the difference.
Charlie Austin - 6 (subbed on 86')
Came on for the final minutes but didn’t get a touch of the ball. Was reliable from 12 yards as always, getting Albion off the mark in the shoot-out.