Carlos Corberán says he was pleased with parts of his side’s performance against Bolton Wanderers - but knows where they need to improve ahead of next weekend’s 2023//24 campaign-opener.
The Head Coach watched on as Albion were beaten 4-3 at the Toughsheet Community Stadium in their final pre-season friendly before the competitive action begins.
And he assessed the showing in a post-match chat with WBA TV, which Baggies supporters can watch in full below.
Corberán said: “It’s true that today we didn’t achieve the result that we wanted to achieve, because in football – even friendly games – we want to win.
“I think in the game there were some very positive moments. In the first 15/20 minutes the team were excellent. We were breaking the high press of the opponent, we were creating chances and we scored a very nice goal.
“But after the goal we started to see some unforced mistakes. We gave some easy balls to the opponent, and we didn’t defend to the level we need to defend to be a competitive team.
“In pre-season, the most important thing is to give a lot of work to the legs of the players.
“And now this coming week it’s the total opposite. It’s about using the work you’ve put into the players to increase their freshness in the games.
“We have made some positive steps in terms of training and in terms of game minutes.
“Now I have a clearer picture of how and what we need to improve on to become a competitive team before we head to Blackburn.”