Aug 27, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​The Hawthorns
West BromWest Bromwich Albion
Newport County
Berahino (7', 26', 38' pen.)
Yacob (30')
FT(HT: 3-1)
Jackson (39')
Jackson (39'), Minshull (44'), James (66')

Steve Clarke delighted with Saido Berahino showing

Steve Clarke of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on August 17, 2013
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Steve Clarke hints that Saido Berahino could soon feature for West Brom in the Premier League after the 20-year-old striker netted a hat-trick in their 3-0 League Cup win over Newport County.

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke has hinted that Saido Berahino has played himself into first-team contention with his hat-trick in their Capital One Cup second-round win over Newport County.

The 20-year-old striker, making his first start for the Baggies, was the only scorer in their 3-0 victory over the League Two outfit, who knocked out Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion at the first stage.

With Nicolas Anelka absent indefinitely for personal reasons, Clarke will be forced to look at his other forward options when West Brom return to Premier League action against Swansea City on Sunday, and has suggested that Berahino's performance has given him food for thought.

"He was excellent, really great," Clarke told reporters. "I'm really pleased for him because he was at Peterborough last year where he did ever so well in the Championship but then got a really nasty injury which kept him out for seven months.

"But he worked hard over the summer with the medical staff and got in great shape. I'm absolutely delighted for the boy because he's worked so hard for his chance and he took it with both hands.

"You saw his performance. In the first half he was the best player on the pitch. He tired a bit in the second half - as did a few others who haven't had much playing time recently. But he's given me a lot to think about and I'm really pleased he has."

Shane Long, Markus Rosenberg and Matej Vydra are the other senior strikers in Clarke's squad.

Rickie Lambert of Southampton celebrates scoring the winning goal from a penalty with team matesduring the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on August 17, 2013
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