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Irvine delight as Albion set up Bournemouth last-16 tie

Albion waiting to assess Brown Ideye ankle injury

ALAN Irvine had little time to savour Albion’s dramatic Capital One Cup victory before turning his attentions to a last-16 tie at Bournemouth.

The Baggies head coach was delighted to see his team turn tonight’s third-round Hawthorns tie against Hull on its head with two goals in the last two minutes for a 3-2 triumph.

It was a victory Albion were well worthy of despite Irvine fielding 11 changes from Sunday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Tottenham.

The rousing finale keeps up the momentum in the Albion camp, and they will now bid to reach the League Cup quarter-finals at Dean Court.

“It’s a difficult tie,” Irvine said. “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 good 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.

“This is a competition that is dear to me as I was lucky enough to play in the 1984 final and I would love to go all the way.

“But we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. We are a long way from there yet. It was just nice to get what I consider were our just rewards from this game.”

Meanwhile, Albion are waiting to assess the injury to Brown Ideye, who was forced off with an ankle injury after scoring his first goal for the club.