EFL Cup - Second Round North
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West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Harrogate Town: Baggies reach third round of Carabao Cup

West Brom's Hal Robson-Kanu scores for West Brom against Harrogate Town in the Carabao Cup
Hal Robson-Kanu scored his first League Cup goal for 10 years and 23 days, last having scored in the competition in August 2010 for Reading against Northampton Town

West Brom scored two outstanding goals on their way to beating English Football League newcomers Harrogate Town to advance to the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The Baggies made 10 changes to the side that started Sunday's 3-0 home defeat by Leicester on their Premier League return, and gave debuts to three players.

England youth midfielder Rekeem Harper fired Slaven Bilic's side ahead with a clever shot on the turn before Wales forward Hal Robson-Kanu doubled the lead from 25 yards.

Keeper David Button, making his first West Brom appearance since signing from Brighton, denied Aaron Martin with a one-handed save before substitute Callum Robinson's tap-in made it 3-0.

The Baggies will host Southampton or Brentford, who play later on Wednesday, in the third round.

Defender Dara O'Shea was the only survivor from the side that started against Leicester but West Brom's fringe players produced a professional performance against the League Two visitors.

Defenders Cedric Kipre and Lee Peltier were also making their first competitive starts for the hosts, who took control after two excellent goals in the space of four first-half minutes.

Harper found the bottom corner after turning and firing a shot beyond Joe Cracknell before Robson-Kanu's first goal in the competition for over a decade.

The 31-year-old picked his spot from outside the penalty area - his first goal in the competition for 10 years and 23 days.

Harrogate, the first team to face Premier League opponents in their first season in the competition since Accrington Stanley in 2006-07, acquitted themselves well but West Brom's quality saw them through.

Their third goal arrived after great work by Kyle Edwards, who beat a defender before bursting into the penalty area for Robinson to score his first goal since joining permanently from Sheffield United.

'We should have scored more' - what they said

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic: "We scored two wonderful goals, the effort was there, the quality in the second half was there.

"The only negative was we should have scored more goals. We are through and it's good for the guys who didn't play against Leicester because we will need them in the Premier League.

"The whole team, especially the back four, were on the front foot."

Harrogate boss Simon Weaver: "It's a shame to lose any game but we can take a lot of pride from the performance.

"We didn't change policy for a Premier League team and we caused some problems. There were fine finishes from them but it was testament to the character of our players we didn't lie down.

"I didn't see any dropped shoulders or people beating themselves up. If we get them in the FA Cup we should make a better fist of it because we've learned a lot."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 25Button
  • 22Peltier
  • 24Kipré
  • 27O'Shea
  • 14Townsend
  • 13GrosickiSubstituted forPhillipsat 55'minutes
  • 28FieldBooked at 45mins
  • 16Harper
  • 21Edwards
  • 15AustinSubstituted forRobinsonat 73'minutes
  • 4Robson-KanuSubstituted forSawyersat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 7Robinson
  • 10Phillips
  • 19Sawyers
  • 23Bond
  • 32Soule

Harrogate

  • 1Cracknell
  • 2FallowfieldSubstituted forJonesat 73'minutes
  • 5SmithBooked at 59mins
  • 20Hall
  • 6Burrell
  • 7Thomson
  • 4Falkingham
  • 17KerrySubstituted forKirbyat 79'minutes
  • 18Muldoon
  • 9BeckSubstituted forSteadat 61'minutes
  • 10Martin

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 14Kiernan
  • 15Kirby
  • 16Stead
  • 23Walker
  • 25Minter
  • 26Lokko
Referee:
Thomas Bramall

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamHarrogate
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 3, Harrogate Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 3, Harrogate Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jon Stead (Harrogate Town).

  5. Post update

    Lee Peltier (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cédric Kipré.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Harrogate Town. Connor Kirby replaces Lloyd Kerry.

  9. Post update

    Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Warren Burrell (Harrogate Town).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! West Bromwich Albion 3, Harrogate Town 0. Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Edwards.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Callum Robinson replaces Charlie Austin.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Harrogate Town. Dan Jones replaces Ryan Fallowfield.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Harrogate Town. Josh Falkingham tries a through ball, but Aaron Martin is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Warren Burrell.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Connor Hall (Harrogate Town) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by George Thomson with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Sam Field.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aaron Martin (Harrogate Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Thomson.