Albion’s reserves joined the goal rush last night with a 4-1 Combination win over Millwall.

But the best news of a misty night at Culver Road came in defence.

Andrew Whing took a big step towards easing an impending right-back shortage by coming through 78 minutes on a heavy pitch on his return from injury.

Whing, sidelined by a groin problem since September, could be needed by new boss Gus Poyet at Southampton on Sunday with on-loan Gavin Hoyte banned.

Poyet was a very interested observer as the second string looked hungry and won comfortably, despite several fine saves from their former keeper John Sullivan.

Gary Hart, wide on the right, was one of Albion’s most lively performers as they looked to impress the new boss.

Hart scored an eighth-minute opener and Liam Dickinson marked his return after his weekend absence with the goal which restored the home advantage on 55 minutes.

Craig Davies added a downward header and Matt Thornhill fired home either side of a brilliant penalty save by young Tom Godfrey from Ashley Grimes.

Poyet, armed with team sheet and notepad, got a glimpse of the defensive failings which have blighted the first team, notably when Hassan Janneh weaved through for a 32nd-minute leveller.

Albion Res: Godfrey; Whing (Cook 78), Tunnicliffe, Wright, Livermore; Hart, Navarro, Thornhill, McLeod (Brinkhurst 82); Dickinson (Barker 83), C. Davies. Subs not used: James, Jamie Smith.