Carlos Corberán reacts to triumph over Coventry City

Carlos Corberán is interviewed after Albion's win against Coventry

Carlos Corberán says it was crucial to get that "winning feeling" back at The Hawthorns having suffered a defeat at home in their last outing against Southampton.

The Baggies claimed a 2-1 triumph over Coventry City on Friday night with Mikey Johnston and Grady Diangana both on target in the opening period.

Haji Wright pulled a goal back for the Sky Blues as the visitors desperately searched for a point, but Corberán's men hung on to record their 12th victory in front of their own supporters in the Sky Bet Championship this season.

The boss said: “After losing in our last game here at home against Southampton, it was important to recover the feeling of the win.

“I think, in general, in the first half we were very dominant. We were managing the ball really well.

“It’s true that we didn’t create too many chances, but we found a way to control the ball and to control the game.

“They only found options for the transition when we lost the ball that we had.

“We scored two important goals which gave us the opportunity to manage the second half better.

“We were talking in the dressing room at half-time and the key aspect of the game for me was to keep stretching them, to avoid using the ball only in the middle of the pitch and, lastly, to support the player on the ball more because they were pressing us.

“They changed shape, but it shouldn’t have created problems because the team has the solutions to different type of ways the opponent played.

Carlos Corberán on the sidelines against Coventry City

“We didn’t manage the points that we spoke about well enough in the second period and little-by-little, they started to command the game. We lost the ball a lot in the middle of the pitch. That helped them progress and create transitions.

“They put three strikers together in the last line for the final moments. They got a penalty and became more dominant.

“When we went to a line of five at the back, that’s when I think we got more control of the game.

“Right now in the Championship, it’s impossible to find a game where you’re going to be dominant throughout. There will be moments when you need to be resilient or to suffer together and find a solution.

“It was exactly that in the second half at times today. We needed to adapt and find solutions to get the result we managed to achieve.

“It’s important to have goals from the attacking players. Mikey Johnston and Grady Diangana scored two very good goals.

“I respect the competition a lot. You have to be ready to compete in every single game and we want to finish in the best possible position.

“We have to stay focused and we have to keep growing. The key is to stay fully focused on ourselves. If we do that and play with the right mentality, I have full confidence in my players.”

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