Accrington Stanley are out of the Carabao Cup after being beaten 3-1 by Premier League West Bromwich Albion at the Wham Stadium on Tuesday night.
Tom Dallison’s late goal, his first for Stanley since joining on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion, was not enough as goals from Salomon Rondon, Matt Phillips and Jay Rodriguez ensured that the Reds were denied passage into the Third Round of the competition.
John Coleman made three changes to the side that beat Mansfield Town in League Two on Saturday, with Tom Dallison, Scott Brown and Jonny Edwards given starts.
Tony Pulis fielded a strong West Brom side, despite being able to make four changes to the team that beat Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.
After an even opening period, the visitors took the lead in the 11th minute. Salomon Rondon rising highest to head a Jay Rodriguez cross past Aaron Chapman.
Stanley then had a sustained period of possession as they looked to get back on level terms.
In the 23rd minute following a short corner, Brown’s cross found Edwards in the penalty area, but the Hull-loanee was not able to keep his headed effort from going over the bar.
Albion doubled their lead in the 31st minute, punishing John Coleman’s side with a quick counter attack after Stanley lost the ball from a freekick.
Miscommunication between the Reds allowed the visitors to gain possession and knock a long ball to Matt Phillips, and with time and space he smashed the ball into the bottom left corner to make it 2-0.
Stanley looked brighter in the second half, but West Brom continued to look dangerous going forward and they could have increased their lead further were it not for some smart shot-stopping from Chapman.
Sean McConville’s driven effort from twenty-five yards tested Boaz Myhill in the 53rd minute, and the Baggies’ goalkeeper was forced to concede a corner.
Ten minutes later, Stanley had strong claims for a penalty waved away when Kayden Jackson appeared to be held back after bursting into the box. West Brom then raced up to the other end, and a low shot by Jay Rodriguez made it 3-0.
Mekhi McLeod came off the bench for Jackson just after, and looked bright and inventive as Stanley searched for a goal.
It came in the 88th minute, when Dallison grabbed his first Stanley goal, firing a low shot past Myhill and into the far corner to give the Reds a deserved consolation.