Carlos Corberán offers verdict on Bristol City draw

Carlos Corberán is interviewed following Albion's draw at Bristol City

Carlos Corberán believes his side produced a much-improved second-half performance at Bristol City on Saturday afternoon after admitting they made too many “mistakes” in the first 45.

The hosts were the dominant team at Ashton Gate in the opening period, but the Baggies came out after the interval and delivered an impressive showing, especially in the final third.

Corberán’s men could’ve come away with all three points instead of just one, however a combination of the crossbar and last-ditch defending prevented Albion scoring the decisive goal.

And the boss insists his group displayed plenty of “braveness” and showed an “attacking mentality” in that second half in the West Country.


He said: “I think we can take a lot of positives from our second-half performance because it was excellent.

“We were showing a lot of personality, attacking mentality and braveness.

“For me, they were better than us in the first half. They were creating chances more from our mistakes rather than their own play.

“In that first 45 it was hard for us to create attacks and counter-attacks, but after the break we switched things up and we started to attack a lot better and with more intent in the attacking areas.

“We made sure the game was played in the attacking half and we were very close to scoring the goal which would’ve won us the game.

“They had one chance in the second half but for me it’s something to achieve one of our objectives, which was to get a clean sheet.

“I saw a lot of effort and commitment from every single player on the team to get this point.

“We made a lot of mistakes in the first half which allowed them to press us, and they are a very aggressive team when pressing. We needed to improve our decisions.

“We went more direct with goal-kicks in the second half because we didn’t have much reward from playing out in the first half.

“I also thought we were better on the ball when our centre-backs played the ball into space and played the shorter passes.

“I think another thing which helped us was getting the position of Jayson Molumby right. He was able to support the play more in the second half and that meant we could be more dangerous in the final third.

“These were some of the details which helped us in the second half, but I also thought the determination and the impact of the players who came on from the bench made a big difference. They all helped us attack better.

“I thought with the speed of Thomas-Asante and the link with Josh Maja, I thought we could hurt them. That happened, but unfortunately, we just couldn’t find the goal.

“The result is the most important thing and I want to make the result the consequence of how we perform.

“In the second half today we showed the right level of understanding, personality, braveness and determination.

“The key now is to insist and insist and insist. We have to insist on doing the right things and show this level of performance in the second half on every pitch against every team. This is the challenge we have going forward now.”

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