Roy Hodgson pleased with youngsters' performances in West Brom's League Cup defeat to Everton

The veteran boss was happy with the players who came in to his team and took the game to extra-time, and was particularly impressed with Billy Jones and Joe Mattock
Roy Hodgson has praised some of his younger players' performances in West Brom's midweek extra-time League Cup loss to Everton.

George Thorne, Joe Mattock and Billy Jones were singled out for praise from the Hawthorns boss, as well as some of the fringe players who came into the team.

"All three of them came out of it with flying colours, as did people like Gareth McAuley, Somen Tchoyi, Simon Cox and goalkeeper Marton Fulop - people who up until now have hardly played any part in our matches," Hodgson told the club's official website.

"George Thorne was very good, young Billy Jones and Joe Mattock are players that were playing their first serious games for the club during my time.

"Both the full-backs did well against two good wingers in Coleman on one side and Drenthe on the other.

"I thought both of them did a very, very good job containing and working hard to stop the crosses against two very tricky wingers."

Both Jones and Mattock are former youth internationals, with the former captaining teams all the way up to the under-20 age group.

Mattock is the second youngest under-21 player in England's history behind Theo Walcott.

Thorne is one the Baggies' youngest ever players following his Championship appearance against Sheffield Wednesday at the age of 16 and is currently a member of England's under-19 squad.