Carlos Corberán has say on Millwall point

Carlos Corberán is interviewed after Albion's draw against Millwall

Carlos Corberán says his side had to “battle and fight” to earn a share of the spoils at Millwall on Good Friday. 

The Baggies were trailing 1-0 at the break at The Den after Duncan Watmore had slotted the ball into the bottom corner shortly after the 20-minute mark.

However, Albion showed plenty of grit and determination in the second period and found an equaliser when John Swift confidently converted from the spot following a foul on Grady Diangana from Joe Bryan.

The boss says he “values” the effort the players put into the encounter and believes the performance after the restart was much more positive than the opening 45. 

Carlos said: “We had to fight and we had to battle.

“We knew that today’s game would be a really tough one, but we came here with the mentality of trying to win three points.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that, but the team put in a lot of effort to achieve the point.

“In the first half we couldn’t break Millwall down enough and we didn’t arrive into the last third of the pitch enough. 

“They were aggressive and they recovered balls, but also, our passes didn’t reach the targets and that meant we couldn’t get into the last third. 

“We didn’t get into enough spaces close to the opponent’s box and that meant we couldn’t create much.

“With quick attacks, they found a way to create problems for our defence. That’s how they scored their goal. We knew it was how they would play, but unfortunately, we couldn’t stop it.

Carlos Corberán is interviewed after Albion's draw against Millwall

“In the second half, we couldn’t lose our concentration and we couldn’t lose our way. We had to insist on doing the right things and we had to find better ways to attack. 

“We started to arrive into the final third more times than we did in the first 45, but it’s true that today was a tough game to create chances.

“The key is to have a strong mentality in this league and this is something I insist on a lot. It’s the real thing. You can give up if the game is tough, but you can’t give up if you want to achieve something in football. 

“I value a lot the effort the players were putting in today and it helped us get a point. It’s always important to have this mentality. You need quality and a good mentality to achieve things in football. 

“The key now is to recover and make this point a positive point by winning three points at home to Watford on Monday.”

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