Brown Ideye scored his first goal for West Bromwich Albion in a 3-2 win over Hull City in a Capital One Cup match.
Ideye fired the hosts ahead after 15 minutes, tapping home from close range after Steve Harper saved Sebastian Blanco’s header.
But it proved to be his last contribution of the game as he was substituted for Giorgos Samaras due to injury.
Samaras nearly doubled the advantage on the half-hour mark but he fired wide, instead of whipping the ball to Ideye’s compatriot, Victor Anichebe, who could have tapped into an empty net.
Thomas Ince rendered it a costly miss by equalising with four minutes remaining in the half.
But second half goals from Gareth McAuley (87) and Saido Berahino (88) saw Hull exit the competition.
Omatsone Aluko, who was a second half substitute in Super Eagles match against South Africa in Cape Town, was another Nigerian on the pitch for opposition team – Hull. He replaced Robert Brady at the closing stages of the match.
WBA will face Bournemouth in the fourth round.
Meanwhile, Baggies gaffer, Alan Irvine told the club’s official website that the team was absolutely delighted to see Ideye get his first goal for the club.
“We were all absolutely delighted for the lad scoring his first goal. We think he is capable of goals,” said Irvine.
“You could see how much it meant to everyone by the celebrations. It is just a shame he rocked his ankle in the process of scoring. That was a real pity because he had made a very bright start to the game.
“We are still waiting to assess the damage but we do not think it is too serious at this stage.”