West Brom 3-0 Harrogate: Rekeem Harper and Hal Robson-Kanu both net screamers as Baggies from League Two see new boys in Carabao Cup
- Harper drilled a low blow into the corner from 30 yards in the 18th minute
- Robson-Kanu doubled the lead with his first goal in the league in 10 years
- Kyle Edwards set up Callum Robinson to seal victory with 13 minutes to go
West Brom flew 3-0 past Harrogate and booked their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.
Rekeem Harper, Hal Robson-Kanu and Callum Robinson struck when the Baggies avoided a setback after a routine win against their Sky Bet League Two visitors.
Gutsy Town fought well, but was eventually reversed by three moments of quality from their Premier League hosts.
Hal Robson-Kanu scored his first League Cup goal in over 10 years in the second round tie
Simon Weaver’s side got off to a brisk start, determined to pin Albion back, but the hosts put them in place with two goals in four minutes.
The Baggies had shown little offensive threat before Harper amassed a poor clearance 30 yards away after 18 minutes.
The midfielder turned away from George Thomson and Josh Falkingham before drilling a low blow into the corner.
West Brom striker Robson-Kanu fired into a 25-yard screamer to double their advantage
Kamil Grosicki was then rejected by Joe Cracknell before Robson-Kanu doubled the hosts’ lead with his first goal in the league in 10 years.
The captain took the pass from Cedric Kipre and was given too much time to turn and a good attempt to crawl into the top corner from 25 meters.
The visitors, however, refused to fold and David Button, who made his debut after a summer switch from Brighton, turned Aaron Martin’s header away.
Rekeem Harper banged into a bolt of lightning to give the home team the lead in the 18th minute
The goalkeeper also grabbed Mark Beck’s header nine minutes before half-time.
Despite the odds, Albion was in control and Charlie Austin almost put the game out of sight immediately after the break when he turned Kyle Edwards’ cross wide.
All the Baggies had to do was maintain their concentration, and while veteran Jon Stead occasionally upset the defense, there was rarely serious danger.
Midfielder Rekeem Harper put West Brom ahead against Harrogate in the 18th minute
Austin lost a golden opportunity at 67 minutes when, unmarked, he rallied Matt Phillips center to get Warren Burrell to block his shot on the line.
It gave Harrogate hope, and a minute later Connor Hall headed over Thomson’s corner.
But Robinson made Albion’s progression with 13 minutes to go and tapped in after Edwards’ excellent dart run.