Carlos Corberán assesses 'frustrating' Southampton defeat

Carlos Corberán speaks to WBA TV after defeat at Southampton

Carlos Corberán says despite the frustration of losing, Albion’s performance against promotion-chasing Southampton on Saturday has to be the standard going forward.

The Baggies dominated large parts of the second period and, on another day, could’ve come away from St Mary’s Stadium with all three points.

Will Smallbone put the hosts ahead early on before Kyle Bartley’s second-half equaliser for the Albion. However, Saints won it late on when their top scorer Adam Armstrong fired in from close range.

The boss says there were plenty of aspects to be pleased about, but insisted his overall feeling at full-time was one of disappointment.

He said: “First of all, I am frustrated and I am disappointed with the result because we could have achieved something else today.

“On the other hand, the fact that we could have achieved something can you give you the satisfaction about the performance and the level the team was performing at.

“In this league when you play against the teams who are targeting promotion, you have to literally be perfect.

“They found a way to win the game. They had maybe two or three chances in all of the game and they scored two goals. We had more possibilities to score the goals, but unfortunately, we couldn’t find them today.

“Even the last cross from Jeremy Sarmiento at the end when we had a big chance, if we had scored from that, it would have made the result a fair one.

“We were better than them in the second half.

“I saw some very good things, but at the same time, football will tell you you need to do better to win these types of games. The team has been doing many, many good things.

“What we need to do now is set this type of performance as a standard for us and keep doing what we have been doing after every international break, which is to keep improving and to keep improving small details.

“If we keep improving and we keep this level of performance as our standard, I know we can win more games and achieve the things we want to achieve.

“It’s a pity to not achieve a win with our supporters today because they made us feel like we were at home.

“My opinion is that we have done good things in the game. My opinion is also that we could have done other things better, because in not doing everything in a very good way, we haven’t won the game.

“However, the team have shown a good way to compete against a very good team. We need to keep this level as a standard now.

“It’s difficult to be proud because we didn’t win. It’s changed the feeling. We need to use this disappointed feeling to challenge us and to motivate us to keep improving.

“It’s what football demands.”

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