Carlos Corberán discusses key improvements Albion need to implement

Carlos Corberán in a press conference

Carlos Corberán has highlighted two key areas where he believes Albion must improve if they are to get back to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship. 

The Baggies have taken one point from their last three games, suffering defeats at Birmingham City and Watford, as well as being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers.

The run is the longest the club has gone without a victory since the Spaniard took over in late October, but Corberán believes the squad are full of “desire” and “motivation” to get back to a similar level to the one they reached towards the latter end of 2022 and the early part of 2023 when they won nine out of ten in the second tier.

And having meticulously analysed the recent performances, the boss has stressed the need for his players to be "braver in attack" and less "fragile" at the back.

Carlos said: “I have learnt a lot of things over the last few weeks. 

“Every time the game is not heading in the right direction there will be reasons for that and reasons why you don’t get positive results.

“We always need to be looking at why there are these reasons because that then allows us the opportunity to change in the next game.

“It’s true that we need to grow from these moments where we are not getting the results. 

“There will always be aspects that we need to improve on. 

“I think we need to be braver and attack more. That’s the mentality that we need to bring. 

“We also need to make sure that we’re aggressive in defence, but not fragile. We need to find a good balance. We can be aggressive and solid at the same time. 

“I want us to show a level of personality on the pitch which allows us to dominate games. 

“We have to keep building our style to try and help us perform better. The better we perform, the better chance we have of winning more matches.

“In the Championship and in football in general you have moments where you get better results than other times. At the beginning, we were getting some really good results and there were plenty of things that we did really well.

“Now, these last few games, we haven’t got the results that we wanted to. I think West Bromwich Albion is a winning club and when we step out onto the pitch in every game we try to win it.

“There are things we are doing well, but there are things which we can do much better. We know that small details can be decisive in terms of the changing the outcome of the result. 

“We are going to be watching all of these small details because we know small details can have a negative effect on our results too. 

“We will always take responsibility for our mistakes because the best way to change when momentum is against you is to take responsibility and face the difficulty.”

In Europe’s top five footballing countries, only Barcelona have taken more points than Middlesbrough’s 27 in the last ten matches.

Michael Carrick’s men are in scintillating form, winning 12 of their last 14 league matches and all of their last five ahead of their visit to The Hawthorns.

The contest is one which Corberán accepts will be difficult given Boro’s terrific run, but also insists it’s one the players are determined to use as a big opportunity to shift momentum back in their favour.

“We’re playing at home tomorrow and we will have the support of our own fans. That means a lot to us. 

“We are going to go out at The Hawthorns with the mentality of showing our best and trying to get a big three points. 

“We know that we will be up against an opponent which is very good and difficult and will demand us to play very well to get a result. That is our motivation though. 

“I don’t see a team with a low level of confidence. I see a team with a lot of desire to play, change the momentum, perform well and get the result we want to get.

“They have won five games in-a-row which means they are doing things very well.

“Their new coach has done a very good job since he arrived and he’s changed plenty of things.

“These things only increase our motivation for tomorrow though. We have a group of players which is capable of winning football games and we need to work hard to do it.

“We know what we have to do and we have players capable of doing it.

“We know the game will be a tough one, but it’s one which every player should have the desire to play in and perform well.”

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