Date: 25th September 2014 at 4:37pm
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Head coach Alan Irvine has said he was delighted with the performance against Hull City, and he was very proud of the way the players kept going and fought back from behind to take the victory and avoid extra time.

Speaking to having overseen our fightback and then the draw that pits us against Bournemouth away in the next round, the manager explained.

‘It’s a difficult tie, but it’s a tie I would have settled for at the start of the night because it would have meant we were in the last 16. Bournemouth are a good side who play football and they will be really looking forward to us going down there. But so are we – this keeps a bit of momentum going and the feel good factor within the club as well.’

Irvine again repeats that having tasting the 1984 final as a player, it’s something he desperately wants Albion and this crop of players to experience so he maintains he still wants to go all the way, but the players aren’t getting ahead of themselves and they know, as he does, that we have to continue taking it one game at a time because there is still a lot more to come from us.

Of course, Brown Ideye, our record signing, scored his first goal for the club and then was quickly substituted with an ankle problem, whilst the injury was yet to be assessed fully when Irvine was giving his interviews, he’s hoping it’s nothing long term and he’ll be back with us sooner rather than later.

‘We were all absolutely delighted for the lad scoring his first goal, we think he’s capable of goals. You could see how much it meant, it’s just a shame he rocked his ankle in the process. We are still waiting to assess the damage but we do not think it’s too serious at this stage.’

As for the game a bit more specifically, the gaffer went on to credit the performance of full debutant, 21 year old Liam O’Neil, who got the shout shortly before kick off as Chris Baird had to pull out at the last minute through illness.

O’Neil had in fact played the whole game in our U21 fixture on Monday night, and it left Irvine calling him ‘outstanding’ on the evening for his efforts and for taking the chance he was given to impress.

Of course, with Irvine changing the entire 11 anyway, taking their chance applies to a number of players and debutants on the night.

‘Liam only found out on the afternoon, I have to say I thought he was outstanding and showed us what he is really capable of doing. It was a superb exercise for us because we managed to get full games out of so many players who needed them. To get a performance and result like we did as well only adds to the satisfaction.’

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