Justin Edinburgh insists Newport are ready to face a Premier League team after their first away point of the campaign at Dagenham.
The former Tottenham defender will take County to The Hawthorns to face West Brom on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup in good heart after they got off the mark on the road in League Two in the pouring east London rain.
Chris Zebroski's superb first-half goal after splendid work by Christian Jolley and Adam Chapman put the Welsh club in control at the break but the Daggers were a side transformed in the second period and captain Abu Ogogo swept home a shot with 20 minutes remaining after a fine move started by debutant Zavon Hines.
"We've come to a tough place and grabbed a good point that gives us good heart for West Brom on Tuesday," said Edinburgh.
"We are probably happy with the point in the end but the way we started and dominated we might have put the game to bed with a second goal."
Edinburgh has a defensive crisis at the club with a slew of injuries, but admitted the win slipped away from Newport when they failed to find a second goal.
"If we'd have been more clinical they would have been buried by then," he said. "We finished the first half and started the second so strongly and I felt we would find that second goal.
"But it wasn't to be, just like at Northampton (when Newport lost 3-1 in their first away trip in League Two) we couldn't get that second and we'll look forward now."