Date: 30th August 2018 at 7:00am
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West Bromwich Albion head coach Darren Moore made a number of changes on Tuesday evening as we faced Mansfield Town in EFL Cup action.

Hosting the League Two side at The Hawthorns for the second round affair, fans in attendance weren’t exactly treated to a spectacle but with the changes on offer, there were some positives that we should take from the game, namely the performance of the youngsters on display.

Jonathan Leko and Kyle Edwards scored their first senior West Brom goals as we took our place in the third round with a 2-1 victory, but credit to Mansfield they more than made a game of it and it was a frantic end as they gave everything in search of a second leveller but we held out.

It wasn’t what fans wanted given the differences in the pyramid levels, but given results elsewhere we avoided a banana skin and that’s sometimes all you can ask in the early rounds of Cup competitions.

With recent signing Tyrone Mears making his debut at right-back, we also welcomed back Craig Dawson for his first appearance of the season and when it comes to his future after a summer of discontent we’ll have to see what happens before the loan deadline on Friday, but him at least being willing to get back on the pitch might count for something.