West Bromwich Albion 3 Harrogate Town 0: Advertiser player ratings

Harrogate Town gave a good account of themselves during Wednesday night's Carabao Cup second round defeat to Premier League West Bromwich Albion.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 10:30 am
Updated Thursday, 17th September 2020, 10:34 am
Aaron Martin impressed during Harrogate Town's Carabao Cup defeat at West Bromwich Albion. Pictures: Getty Images

The League Two newcomers matched their hosts during the first period and did okay after the break as well, but the Baggies class eventually shone through.

Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver's men performed.

Joe Cracknell 7/10 - Beaten by two fine long-range strikes and had absolutely no chance with WBA's third. Good block to deny Kamil Grosicki one-on-one at 1-0, and was also quickly off his line to thwart the same player following a miss-kick by Warren Burrell.

Rekeem Harper rifles home the opening goal of the game.

Ryan Fallowfield 6 - Full of energy as ever, but unable to offer as much going forwards as he normally would due to the calibre of the opposition.

Will Smith 7 - Continues to impress. Won his headers, stood up well in the challenge, and covered in behind Fallowfield to good effect on a couple of occasions. Was up against strikers with a wealth of experience at Championship level and above and was not outclassed.

Connor Hall 7 - Read the game well for the most part and, like Will Smith, didn't look out of his depth. Composed in possession, too. Was caught out by Matty Phillips at one point in the second half, but that moment aside, he did okay.

Warren Burrell 7 - Sliced one attempted clearance in the first half that almost let Grosicki in on goal but more than made up for it with three key interventions after the break, including an excellent block on the goal-line.

Josh Falkingham shields the ball from WBA's Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu.

George Thomson 6 - Some decent set-piece deliveries and tried hard to get on the ball and influence proceedings, though opportunities to do so were limited.

Josh Falkingham 7 - Gave away a couple of free-kicks during the first 45, but he competed and tackled well and was tidy on the ball. Never stops trying to drive his team-mates on.

Lloyd Kerry 7 - Started superbly in the engine room, making a couple of early interceptions and using the ball intelligently. Not quite as influential after the break, but this was still a performance against a Premier League team that he should be proud of.

Jack Muldoon 7 - One lovely bit of skill in the first half and went about his work competently throughout. Delivered a couple of inviting crosses from the left. Town could perhaps have benefited from his pace and

Mark Beck 5 - Did okay in the air, but was less effective when the ball was played into his feet. Probably ought to have done better with a close-range headed opportunity from Josh Falkingham's cross.

Aaron Martin 7 - ADVERTISER STAR MAN. A really busy display, he looked Town's biggest threat on the night and came as close as anyone to making a breakthrough with a header that was well-saved by David Button.