Tony Pulis hailed Saido Berahino after the striker's four goals inspired West Brom to an FA Cup romp.
The England under-21 international netted an 11-minute hat trick either side of half-time as the Baggies thrashed Gateshead 7-0.
It was Pulis' first game after being appointed as head coach at The Hawthorns on Thursday.
Technical director Terry Burton has conceded Albion could sell Berahino in January but the club have so far had no offers for the player.
He took his tally to 13 for the season against...
Saido Berahino's four-goal blast saved West Brom's blushes as they eventually hammered Gateshead 7-0 to hand Tony Pulis a winning start.
The England Under-21 international took his tally for the season to 13 as the Baggies netted five goals in 13 minutes.
Victor Anichebe, Chris Brunt and James Morrison also scored to ease any worries after Gateshead threatened an upset.
The bright visitors outplayed their hosts for the majority of the first half and John Oster fired their best chance over.
South Africa international Matty Pattison was among the scorers as Gateshead progressed into the FA Cup third round for the first time in 60 years with a 2-0 win over Warrington Town.
Pattison swept home Rob Ramshaw's cross after just eight minutes and the Heed wrapped up the win when substitute Danny Wright scored in added time as Warrington, the lowest-ranked team left in the second round, pressed for an equaliser.
The opening goal came after John Oster played in Ramshaw, who shrugged off the challenge...
Rob Ramshaw netted a hat-trick to ensure Gateshead suffered no FA Cup first-round embarrassments courtesy of a 4-0 win at Norton United.
Victory for the Conference high-fliers never really looked in doubt against their Evo-Stik South counterparts once Alex Rodman opened the scoring early on before Ramshaw's treble sealed the tie.
Part-time Norton, who ply their trade at the eighth tier of English football, started brightly but were soon chasing the game when the Heed broke the deadlock in the 11th...