Bournemouth v West Brom reaction

All 11 players that suffered a late 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge

at the weekend were left out of the 18-man squad, with the Baggies

manager instead giving a chance to squad players and youngsters.

Marc-Anotine Fortune’s brace complemented by Jerome Thomas and a

Simon Cox effort helped secure progression as the away side

impressed. Hodgson lauded the incoming players after the match and

admitted that the Carling Cup was an important tool for him to

assess players. “I made 11 changes from Saturday and we also had

Peter Odemwingie back at home and Zoltan Gera,” he said. “We had 13

good ones back home but we had a really good performance from those

that are not in those first [bunch of players] against a team that

looked very good value. “It would be nice to [emulate the side that

reached the quarter-finals last season] but I think it is still

very important in this competition that you give players a chance.

“Tonight we saw one or two players take the chance to really

impress upon me that maybe I should be considering them for the

first team. “And partly that is what these games are about for us

because otherwise you do not get that opportunity. “You know they

are good players are reserve-team level but I need to know they are

good players at league level. “Bournemouth certainly tested them

out and they came up with answers to the questions.” Despite the

scoreline, the Cherries performed admirably at Dean Court and

looked like they may fight their way back into the match when Steve

Lovell pulled one back shortly after half-time. “I thought

Bournemouth played very well and offensively were a threat,”

Hodgson added. “They had a lot of talent in there and we had to

defend very solidly. “But I thought as we started to get hold of

the ball in the midfield and pass it around we started to create

chances ourselves. “And in the end it was a very good victory for

us.” Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury admitted he was disappointed

by the result but believes his side can learn valuable lessons from

the defeat. “The timing of the second goal knocked some of the

stuffing out of us but I thought the lads reacted well,” he said.

“At 2-1 I thought we were going to push on and get an equaliser.

“However, we let them back in the game again and we have to learn

from it. “We’ve got a reasonably young side that are learning week

in and week out. “And it is those sort of things that I have got to

take on board. “You are always learning in football, whether you

are 18 years old or 39 in Steven Fletcher’s case. “You are always

learning and that is the beauty of the game. “You always come out

of games with something on your mind and something you’ve learned

from it.”