Carlos Corberán praises 'positive' Norwich City performance

Carlos Corberán is interviewed after Albion's win against Norwich

Carlos Corberán insists his team were by far the better team on Boxing Day as they secured three Sky Bet Championship points against Norwich City.

The Baggies claimed a narrow 1-0 triumph thanks to Brandon Thomas-Asante’s finish from inside the six-yard box shortly after the interval.

Canaries winger Borja Sainz was dismissed in the first 45 after collecting two bookings in four minutes, with Albion already well on top of the encounter and creating chances at will.

The boss says his players handled the scenario with maturity, but admitted the only disappointment was not adding a second goal for comfort at The Hawthorns.

Carlos said: “Today, we were better than Norwich.

“We were better than them when they were playing with 11 players and we were better than them when they were playing with ten.

“The determination the players had from the off was the right type of determination and we’ve shown a really positive reaction after the last defeat.

“Today, it was key to insist a lot. That was the game we had to play.

“We were focused on not conceding options in the way the opponent wanted, such as set-pieces and counter-attacks.

“I was watching the game and the team was managing that situation well until maybe around the 80th minute.

“It’s true that they were braver and more aggressive in the final ten minutes, and sometimes when you have the habit to be playing the majority of the game in the attacking half, it can throw you when the other teams starts to attack.

“They pressed and won a lot of second balls. They created options from set-pieces and they have a lot of height in their back three.

“Despite that, I was watching our players manage the game with a lot of maturity and the only pity for me today was that we didn’t score a second goal.

“We created a lot of goal situations. We stretched them and that meant we could play the ball to the sides and create chances from wide areas, but it’s true that they defended the box very well.

“It’s a strength of theirs. We needed the extra quality and accuracy in the cross or in the finish, but we created a lot of options to get another goal.”

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