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Slaven Bilic content with West Brom's Carabao Cup win

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published: | Last Updated:

Boss Slaven Bilic was pleased with the win and Albion's performance after they clinched a place in the third round of the League Cup by beating Harrogate.

Slaven Bilic head coach / manager of West Bromwich Albion. (AMA)

Stunning strikes from Rekeem Harper and Hal Robson-Kanu as well as Callum Robinson goal saw the Baggies progress against the League Two side.

Harrogate are currently enjoying their first ever season in the Football League having won the National League play-offs back in August.

But while they worked hard, they couldn't cope with Albion's quality - despite Bilic making 10 changes from the team that fell to defeat against Leicester.

"It's always nice to win games," the boss said.

"We scored three goals, we scored two wonderful goals.

"The effort was there, the quality was there - especially in the second half.

"The only negative is that we should have scored many more goals.

"But we are through and it's good for the guys who didn't play against Leicester.

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"To play in the Premier League it was important they got 90 minutes or 60 minutes under their belt."

Goalkeeper David Button and centre-back Cedric Kipre both made their Albion debuts against the Sulphurites having joined the club earlier this month.

And Bilic was pleased with both.

"The keeper, I knew that he was very good on the ball because we did our homework before we got him," the Croatian continued.

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"I was very impressed with his calmness and with the way he passed the ball.

"He has got that balance between passing the ball and not putting the players in risk situations - so very good.

"Kipre, the whole team, but especially the back four were on the front foot, very competitive.

"We can talk about their quality but the effort from the opponent was there, the long-balls were there.

"They are quite good in the air. But we coped with that - we were dominant to be fair.

"I'm pleased with the way Cedric played as well."

The win over Harrogate was a good night for Albion's academy.

As well as Harper scoring a stunning goal, Kyle Edwards produced a magical bit of skill to claim an assist for Robinson's strike.

While Sam Field also impressed in the holding role on his first outing for the club since spending a season on loan at Chalton.

"They are three players who are very interesting,” Bilic said.

“I’m really pleased with the way they played. Sam gives us something we don’t have in the squad.

“He's very good tactically, very good in the defensive phase of the game - in that holding midfield role.

"He has a good range of passing.

"Harps (Harper) was good, also.

"Kyle Edwards - we know what he can do. He just has to be more consistent, less switching off - I’m not talking about tonight, in general.

“This club has always had a great academy. They’re proof of that.”

Bilic also revealed Ahmed Hegazi missed the cup tie after picking up a hamstring injury in training.

"Hegazi came in on Monday, the guys who didn’t play against Leicester had training," the Croatian added.

"He did his hamstring in training, that’s the reason why he wasn’t involved.

“We don't know how bad it is. It shouldn’t be bad, he didn’t do it in a sprint or anything like that. Hopefully, it’s a small one."

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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