West Bromwich Albion defender Carl Hoefkens is confident the future looks bright for him and his team-mates and that their elusive first away win of the season will come soon.

Albion travel to Glanford Park on Saturday to take on newly promoted side Scunthorpe United in the Championship.

Tony Mowbray's players are hoping to bounce back from the disappointment of having to take a draw from their visit to another Championship newcomer Bristol City in midweek.

The Baggies dominated for much of the second half against the table-topping Robins at Ashton Gate but fell victim to an 89th-minute set-piece which cost them their first away win of the season.

But Hoefkens, who joined Albion in the summer from Stoke in a £750,000 move, is confident the club will start winning on the road.

The 6ft 1ins right-back said: "Bristol started really well in the first ten minutes of the game on Tuesday night but then we really took the game to them and I think we had enough chances to cause them some problems.

"In the end we were disappointed that we could not finish the game off.

"Their keeper, Adriano Basso, did a good job but they just got a corner in the last couple of minutes. To be fair that was their only real chance of the second half and they scored from it which is very hard to accept."

The Belgium international, who has 13 caps so far for his country, added: "It is hard to lose out to a set-piece because it is something that we work on but there are plenty of positives to take from the Bristol performance.

"I felt we played our game, we passed the ball around and we played really well.

"You could tell at the end of the first half that Bristol got a bit desperate and didn't know what to do and I just felt we had enough chances to finish them off.

"As a defence we can only get better now as we have not been together long."

Hoefkens, one of Mowbray's 12 summer additions, added: "We need to get a win now on the road as we need wins away from home.

"We deserve that and that is what we aim for this weekend at Scunthorpe.

"I think the future looks very bright and I think the away wins will come very soon.

"As a defence we have only conceded three goals this season so we can't complain."

The Belgian was full of admiration for youngster Ishmael Miller who joined Albion on loan this summer from Manchester City and who came off the bench to set up Albion's goal for Robert Koren on Tuesday.

He said: "Ishmael has tremendous qualities. He is very strong, fast, he has got everything.

"The manager can bring on someone like him with 15 minutes to go and it is unbelievable.

"We have so many good players now we all have to defend our places. If you look at Tuesday night James Morrison is a good player and yet he was on the bench and Filipe Teixeria was rested and not even in the squad."