Stand-in captain Steven Reid today admitted missed chances cost Albion a place in round four of the Capital One Cup after they were knocked out on penalties by Arsenal.
The Baggies were beaten 4-3 in last night’s third-round shoot-out at The Hawthorns – but only after Markus Rosenberg had missed a glorious chance to win the game late in extra time.
Scott Sinclair also missed a good opportunity in the dying moments of extra-time after substitute Morgan Amalfitano had rattled the crossbar.
And Reid, who captained a much-changed side in his first appearance of the season, said: “It’s never nice to get beaten on penalties but I thought on the whole there were lots of decent performances.
“As has been the case a few times this season, we just lacked the cutting edge at times with the chances we had.
“We could have put it to bed a couple of minutes before the end of extra-time so we’re a little bit disappointed. That’s the difference between the top, top teams and the rest.”
Albion are confident Nicolas Anelka and Victor Anichebe will be fit to face Manchester United on Saturday after they missed last night’s defeat through injury.
Assistant head coach Kevin Keen revealed the duo are in line to be in the squad for the Premier League trip to Old Trafford along with several first-team regulars who were rested last night. “Victor’s just got a slight niggle, which meant he couldn’t be involved last night,” said Keen. “But we’re pretty sure he’ll be fine for this weekend – Nicolas too. It’s not a big problem.”
Keen admitted the Baggies felt aggrieved by last night’s defeat.
“Over the 90 minutes we probably just about shaded it and over the 120 we definitely shaded it,” said Keen.
“So to come away without going through to the next round is rather deflating.”
Elsewhere in the cup, Luis Suarez made his return for Liverpool – following his 10-match ban for biting – but his side went down 1-0 to Manchester United.