Albion manager Graham Potter praised Aaron Connolly’s “knack” of goal-getting and also Steven Alzate’s performance after the pair made their full first-team debuts at Bristol Rovers.

The under-23 duo made big impacts on Tuesday with Connolly scoring the opening goal and Alzate setting up captain for the night Glenn Murray for the winner in injury time.

Potter said: “Connolly has just got that natural knack of scoring, which is a nice knack to have, and he likes to run in behind.

“He threatens the back line of defenders, he plays on the shoulder so he opens up some spaces.

“He is a young lad with a lot to learn, of course, but he has worked really well with us in pre-season and it was important for him to play.

“I thought Alzate was as good as anybody on the pitch to be honest. His contribution for the second goal was fantastic, so I am pleased for them both.”

Potter felt the prospects helped take the game to the League One side.

He said: “It was it was almost like he (Connolly) thought I’ve had enough of this and I’ll just score or get a goal.

“The way he took it, spun and then drove away from people at that stage of the game.

“It’s not like he has played football regularly. They are two good lads and it was nice for them to be part of a good team performance against a good Bristol Rovers side.”

With both players having impressed, Potter has a decision to make on whether they will be considered for the Premier League squad this season.

He said: “They are in our group, they train with us every day. They are part of the dressing room and our job is to try and help them get there.

“They have got some qualities. They are still learning but they are in our group for that reason to try and get there.”

Connolly is a player who has attracted attention from clubs here and abroad for loan moves, so is a move away to get more experience an option for Albion?

Potter said: “He’s in our group and he’s competing for a spot in our matchday squad.

“Training with our players every day is of big benefit to him, and obviously games like this can help him.”