Carlos Corberán | 'Recovering the winning feeling was important'

Carlos Corberán is interviewed after Albion's win against Rotherham

Carlos Corberán says it was crucial to recover the “winning feeling” against Rotherham United following a run of three straight draws. 

The Baggies picked up points in recent matches with Millwall, Watford and Stoke City, however, first-half efforts from Brandon Thomas-Asante and John Swift secured an important victory over the Millers at The Hawthorns.

The result leaves Albion in a strong position inside the top six, sitting nine points clear of seventh in the Sky Bet Championship with four matches remaining.

The boss believes his team’s concentration levels were spot on and praised his players for producing a professional performance.

He said: “I think it was very important for us to achieve the three points today because after the last international break, we were playing three games where we could only get a draw in each of them. 

"So to recover the feeling of the win was very important.  

“People can understand and see the table and think that Rotherham will be an easy game. But it’s true that two games ago, they were beating Millwall and yesterday, Millwall were beating Leicester - the team who is top of the league. 

“It means everything you achieve in the football pitch is the consequence of the work that you put in. 

“And today I need to send a message of respect to Rotherham because their coaching staff and the players played the game with a lot of professionalism, trying to make it difficult for us to achieve the three points. 

“I didn’t feel pressure for tonight's game, before or during.

Carlos Corberán folding his arms while wearing an Albion coat on the side of the pitch at The Hawthorns during the game against Rotherham United

“I wanted to see the team competing mentally in the level that I saw today. That was the only pressure I had. 

“I didn’t think the team was nervous in any moment. The team was fully concentrated on the job, we had chances to increase the result, but in general, I saw the team be stable enough to achieve the result. 

“It was especially important to recover the feeling of being fully concentrated to do the things we needed to do to win the game.

“We have four games in front of us to achieve the best level of performance as a team, and four games to go as close as we can to the best level of football. 

“If we recover our level and we compete consistently at that level, then we’re going to have more options to win games and the more games you win, the more options you have to secure a place in the play-offs.”

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