Justin Edinburgh proud of Newport County players after WBA cup defeat

Newport’s Conor Washington battles for the ball with West Brom’s Craig Dawson.

Justin Edinburgh says Newport's players can hold their heads high following the Capital One Cup defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Saido Berahino's half hat-trick secured a 3-0 win for the Premier League side over the League Two newcomers.

Newport secured a second round tie at the Hawthorns after beating Brighton in the previous round.

"I stand here certainly proud of the players as well as the supporters," Edinburgh said.

"I think everyone connected with the club will have come away with their heads held high.

"It was harsh reality, certainly, to come off first half 3-0 down where I certainly felt we acquitted ourselves fantastically and some real good chances early on.

"But we were punished, there's no doubt about that. But we were up against Premiership players so we have to expect that."

Goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley says Newport can take great pride from their performance at West Brom and their Capital One Cup exploits this season.

"This was a bit of a bonus to be here as I don't think anyone expected us to even Brighton," Pidgeley said.

"Our bread and butter is the league and that's what we've really got to concentrate on.

"This won't do us any harm. We haven't embarrassed ourselves. 3-0 is an OK scoreline at the end of the day.

"We haven't come here and rolled over and been annihilated. We can hold our heads high.

"There's a lot of positives we can take out of it."