Fulham assistant manager Steve Kean feels the side fielded against West Brom should have been strong enough to secure safe passage into the fourth round of the League Cup.

The Whites selected only three of the side that beat Liverpool on Saturday and got off to the worst possible start when Robbie Earnshaw opened the scoring after just three minutes. Luis Boa Morte equalised in the second half but Fulham appeared to be out when Tony Warner’s failure to control a backpass from Papa Bouba Diop allowed Kanu to easily restore Albion’s lead. Heidar Helguson did head a late leveller but former Fulham midfielder Junichi Inamoto knocked his old side out with a stunning extra-time strike.

Kean was upset when he spoke to the media afterwards: “We thought we fielded a team that could beat West Brom considering they were at Bolton last Sunday. So we are very disappointed to go out of the competition. The manager is looking at the video of the game now. He’s not happy because we feel we should have had a penalty for handball at 2-2.”

Fulham started with only three of the players who beat Liverpool last Saturday and were a goal down in three minutes when Robbie Earnshaw latched onto a through-ball by Inamoto.