Carlos Corberán admitted he was really disappointed with Albion’s performance at Chesterfield on Saturday afternoon but says the big positive to take is still being involved in the Emirates FA Cup.
The Baggies needed an injury-time equaliser from Brandon Thomas-Asante to secure a replay with the Vanarama National League side at The Hawthorns.
Corberán’s team were unable to produce a similar display to the ones they’ve delivered in recent matches in the Sky Bet Championship and were seconds away from being eliminated.
But Thomas-Asante’s header has kept their FA Cup hopes alive and that’s something the boss was pleased about when speaking to WBA TV after the tie.
Carlos said: “The positive is that we have one more opportunity to make it through to the next round.
“I’m disappointed regarding the performance. We weren’t at our best level for the majority of the game.
“Another positive we can take though is the reaction of the team. We didn’t give up and thankfully we got ourselves an equaliser right at the end which means we have a replay.
“It was difficult for us to create chances today and to also stop them having chances to score goals.
“We started the game with a lot of concentration and it was great to get such an early goal. Unfortunately we couldn’t hold that lead for very long, or the second time we got ourselves in front.
“Chesterfield created plenty of pressure from set-pieces and corners.
“We suffered in terms of winning challenges and in second balls. When that happens you’re always going to suffer as a team as a whole.
“We didn’t adapt well enough to the needs of the game in the first half. We didn’t adapt to what needed to happen in defence and in attack. They scored three goals in the first 45 minutes.
“We were better in the second half but it was still really tough for us to create chances.
“But, the players showed the mentality to keep going and get an equaliser.
“If we didn’t get that we would have been eliminated. It’s the minimum result we can take today.”