Carlos Corberán | 'Commitment and spirit was excellent'

Carlos Corberán is interviewed after Albion's win against Leeds

Carlos Corberán believes Albion’s team “commitment and spirit”, as well as the support from the home crowd, were all key contributing factors in the 1-0 win over Leeds United.

Grady Diangana’s first-half strike was enough to secure a second home victory in three days and strengthen the Baggies’ position inside the top six heading into 2024.

Corberán’s men defended admirably and courageously throughout, throwing bodies on the line to protect Alex Palmer’s goal as they earned a league-high 12th clean sheet of the campaign.

And the boss insisted there was plenty to be proud of in terms of the performance.

Carlos said: “Today the team commitment and the team spirit was excellent and the reason why we have achieved these three points.

“The atmosphere in the stadium was brilliant also. They gave us the energy that was needed at this moment in time having played a lot of games in-a-row in a short amount of time.

“The fans were like an extra player for us and they have helped us keep a clean sheet which has helped us win the game.

“Keeping the level of energy in our players was the key to winning that game. We have kept the level of energy because of our fans. They make us feel like we can never give up. Together, we are stronger.

“If I go into details about the game, from the first minute we needed to be better in defence but after the first 15 minutes we started to grow into the game. We were defending better and attacking better too.

“It’s very important that when you are creating chances you have players arriving into the box and joining the attack.

“In the first half, we found good possibilities to attack them on the right side. We were using Jed Wallace very well and he was putting in some very good deliveries into the box.

“The key is to arrive and be clinical and that’s what Grady Diangana was.

“There was a lot of defensive team commitment. We had to protect the result. Leeds put a lot of players close to our box towards the end, but we were managing it very well.

“We had to be very focused to protect the box and that’s what the team did.

“In this year in the Championship, you need to send a message every single game you play. The fact that we have beaten Leeds doesn’t mean anything. All it means is that you have three points. Every win has the same value, which is three points.

“Every game you have to put a lot of work in and play with a lot of commitment. The level of the Championship demands that from you. This game was no more important than any other game.

“We have to recover and be ready for our next game now.”

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