Carlos Corberán | 'The players needed the feeling of three points'

Carlos Corberán is interviewed after Albion's win against Swansea

Carlos Corberán was pleased to see his players pick up their first victory of the season on Saturday, but also admitted the team made the fans “suffer” towards the end.

Albion beat Swansea City 3-2 in their maiden match at The Hawthorns in 2023/24 thanks to Semi Ajayi’s volley, Carl Rushworth’s own goal and John Swift’s penalty.

The Baggies were leading 3-0 with 16 minutes remaining and went on to concede twice from set-pieces, ensuring a nervy finale to the encounter.

The boss hopes his side have switched the momentum after consecutive defeats to kick-off the campaign, but stressed the importance of continuing to “grow” and “improve” as a unit.


Carlos said: “I think for me, it was important for the players to win today.

“We didn’t win the last few games of pre-season and we lost our first two games of the new campaign.

“Sometimes you need to change the momentum. I was watching a team today who had the desire to change the momentum.

“The players needed the pressure and they also needed the feeling of the three points.

“In the Championship you can never feel comfortable, no matter what the score is. I never feel relaxed in a Championship game.

“What was important was to see how the players were managing the different moments in the game. Today showed me we need to keep growing and we need to manage some situations better.

“We need to avoid conceding set-pieces because it helped Swansea come back into the game today.

“It’s important to grow in terms of the solidity in the defence, the personality in attack and in the actions of the transitions. These are three points that we need to review and analyse.

“These situations show us we are capable of winning games, but there is also a gap for us to improve as a team and that’s what we’re going to try and do.

“We want to be a competitive team, both home and away. At home, we need to make more than 20,000 people proud of the team and we want them to enjoy watching us.

“It’s true. Today, we made them suffer more than we want them to. We were suffering more than we want to suffer in a game towards the end.

“It’s our responsibility to analyse in detail why these things happened. My job is to make the team better and to make the fans proud of the team.”

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