Carlos Corberán | We didn't compete at the required level

Carlos Corberán is interviewed after Albion's defeat against Sheffield Wednesday

Carlos Corberán admitted Albion didn’t compete at the necessary level on Saturday afternoon against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Baggies were beaten 3-0 by the Owls at Hillsborough following strikes from Anthony Musaba, Ike Ugbo and Josh Windass. 

The boss offered an honest assessment of the performance when speaking to WBA TV shortly after the full-time whistle.

Carlos said: “I think it was clear that we didn’t compete at the level which was needed today to be able to pick up the result we wanted. 

“It’s important now to analyse the reasons for that. We are one group of players and one group of staff members who will always take responsibility. You have to find the solutions on the back of a result like this.

“We made a change to play with Matt Phillips who is a winger instead of Alex Mowatt who is a midfielder. We kept Okay in the XI because we knew how important the set-pieces would be and how important the second balls would be.

“We wanted to get a winger into the team instead of having three midfielders in the XI.

“The first goal for them was a goal where we cleared the first ball but they put it straight back in and scored. 

“We cannot make excuses and we have to manage those situations much better. 

“If you look at the corners we created, we created some big chances from them. They only had two or three corners and we had five or six in the first period. As I say, we created some big chances from them but we couldn’t put the ball in the net.

A frustrated Carlos Corberán on the sideline at Hillsborough

“In general, the first half we had more control of the ball and we created crossing and scoring chances. They were just more accurate than us.

“The first 20 minutes of the second half were the worst 20 minutes of our day. They used these 20 minutes to make a difference and score another couple of goals. It made a difference to the result and we couldn’t change it.

“We didn’t know how to manage their high press in the first 20 minutes of the second half. When we worked out how to beat it we managed to put the ball in the attacking half more and create more chances.

“Unfortunately, we just couldn’t find a goal. We have created enough things to take something away today. 

“We have a big feeling to improve in the next game because we know we haven’t performed at our best level.

“It’s part of our job to digest this feeling and this game. We didn’t compete at the right level at times.

“We have to depend on ourselves to achieve what we want to achieve.”

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