Carlos Corberán hails second-half display following Hull City win

A photo of Albion boss Carlos Corberan speaking to club TV following Albion's win over Hull

Carlos Corberán praised his team’s "character" after a dominant second-half performance helped Albion claim maximum points against Hull City.

Jed Wallace’s second goal of the season opened the scoring at The Hawthorns and although opposition skipper Lewie Coyle levelled matters before the interval, the hosts hit back after the break thanks to efforts from Matt Phillips and Semi Ajayi to seal victory.

And the boss said he was delighted with how his team rose to the “challenge” after the break to regain their lead and seal a third straight Sky Bet Championship win.

Corberán said: "We knew today that we’d have to defend well and defend well means to be aggressive and to be solid.

"To find this was one of the keys and one of the challenges and in general, I think the team has managed the game very well because it’s true that we didn’t concede many chances in the first half.

"I think in general we knew that today we would play a very difficult game that would be a high test for the team because we knew that the players of one team that is making one of the best football in terms of attacking style in the league.

"Maybe one of the few chances they did get, was the goal. In the second half, only at the end they create one opportunity but in general for me the team was defending and managing the game pretty well.

"In some moments, we didn’t find the positives to the solution but after in the second half we found a way to break their press and for me the second goal was a very nice action. A very nice qualitative action to break the press of them and then, quality to score the third goal to achieve the win today.

"That’s the challenge in football, always to find the best moments in attack and to find the best moments in defence.

"It’s important to win. The confidence to do the things when we win and to do the things when we didn’t win, and that’s the mentality that we’ve got with the players and we’ve created with the staff because there’s always things that we need to do better and that we need to correct.

"He’s [Ajayi] very important, he’s very necessary to increase the competitiveness of the team and the solution today for example with Bartley. We move Bartley because there is always his injury and to have someone like Semi who hasn’t been playing a lot is always positive news.

"In every game you always can see a different type of way to achieve the win. The most important thing for me is the commitment of the players to compete every game in the way that we are competing right now.

"This is, for me, always the base of our team, the maximum level of effort, strong mentality, and commitment.

"And from there sometimes we can do good attacking and defensive behaviours and sometimes we need to insist to do better behaviours but the most important thing in football is the mentality of the players and they’re showing a very good mentality right now."

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