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Saturday 16 December 2017

Newton happy as West Brom reserves tame Sven's Foxes

Assistant boss Eddie Newton was delighted to see West Brom's second string side put in a Carling Cup performance against Leicester, which will have left the club's first-choice team knowing they cannot take their places for granted.

Albion booked their place in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2003 with a 4-1 win.

Roberto Di Matteo rotated his entire team for the tie and the likes of Simon Cox, Giles Barnes, Somen Tchoyi, Roman Bednar, Steven Reid, Graham Dorrans and Pablo Ibanez all came in to stake their claim for Monday's trip to Blackpool.

Newton said: "Competition within the club inspires everyone to perform at their maximum and hopefully when your team is performing at their maximum you can get the results you need."

The overwhelming scoreline was kind on Albion who, despite shading proceedings, came under spells of pressure from the hosts and saw the tie finely balanced at 1-1 after Nicky Shorey's own goal cancelled out Cox's delicate opener.

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