Carlos Corberán delivers Watford verdict

Carlos Corberán is interviewed after Albion's defeat at Watford

Carlos Corberán believes Albion should’ve been “stronger defensively” in the moments after scoring equalising goals at Watford on Monday night.

The Baggies were second best in the first 45 minutes and went in 1-0 down at the break courtesy of Ken Sema’s strike.

But Corberán’s men delivered a much-improved display after the interval and levelled the contest twice through Conor Townsend and Jed Wallace.

However, the hosts managed to grab the game’s fifth and final goal to secure three points when Sema’s shot deflected in off Erik Pieters with less than 13 minutes remaining.

And the boss admitted the group had a “level of fragility” which ultimately cost them.

Carlos said: “I think we didn’t show anything in the first half and we wasted the first 45 minutes.

“In any moment we weren’t being aggressive enough, we weren’t dominating the ball enough to attack more, or dominating enough to show what we wanted to show on the football pitch.

“We started very well with a cross from the back of the full back and after we had a couple of opportunities to counter attack and manage the ball better. 

“But it didn’t work and as the minutes passed we stopped creating any kind of attack and in individual moments where we had the ball we were losing it.

“It was very important to change this feeling in the second half, it was very important to show our reaction. Unfortunately every time we scored a goal we couldn’t protect what we were achieving well enough.

“We had a level of fragility after we scored the goals that didn’t allow us to get something tonight.

“It’s frustrating because I was watching the team play the second half how I wanted to play, but at the same time we need to learn it’s not just frustration. We need to manage the minutes after we score the goals.

“In football, especially after you give 45 minutes without playing, it was important to keep attacking how we were attacking but at the same time show other behaviours in defence that allow us to protect what we were achieving more.

“We were achieving the more complicated thing, but for me after we score the goal and have the option to score another one it was just a question to manage the result better.

“The only thing that I can take is the responsibilities. We were too open in defence and we didn’t defend how we need to defend after we scored, especially against a team that we know if we are more open they have players individually who can unbalance the game, who can finish and make these results.

“I think that we should have been stronger defensively after the moment where we scored the goals.”

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