Carlos Corberán says Albion found the right “mentality” and right “game understanding” to be able to come away from Watford with a point.
The Baggies and the Hornets played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at a wet and windy Vicarage Road, with John Swift and Jed Wallace on target for the visitors, while Watford’s goals came courtesy of Tom Ince and Matheus Martins - all four arriving inside the opening 25 minutes.
And the boss says he values the effort of every single player, especially given the fact it’s their second match on their travels in five days.
Carlos said: “We didn’t start the game well at all and we conceded a very, very quick goal.
“This can sometimes affect the mentality of the players, but fortunately the team reacted really well. That was a positive, coming back really strongly after conceding, but the negative was not keeping hold of our advantage when we were ahead.
“In the first half in general we were not aggressive enough and we were too deep. It gave them the options with the ball.
“We didn’t find the transition or the energy to recover more balls.
“In the second half, the team were able to put more energy into the pitch, but the possibilities we had to unbalance the game and result, we didn’t use those opportunities well enough.
“We had a big opportunity to score with the chance for Brandon Thomas-Asante, but I have to value all of the effort that has resulted in us getting a draw, especially when you consider we have played back-to-back away games.
“We found the right mentality and the right game understanding to compete tonight.”
Jed Wallace’s goal was his first of the 2023/24 campaign and Corberán was delighted to see his skipper score in Hertfordshire.
“I think that could be a big goal for Jed Wallace. The players always need to have confidence to score goals.
“Jed Wallace is one player that you can never doubt his commitment with the club and with the group and the games.
“We are humans and things are not always going to work how we want them to all the time, but it’s important to never decrease your levels of effort and commitment. He is never going to do this.
“If you work hard, you’ll recover the best level you can show on the pitch.
“For me, he had an extraordinary game. His goal helped us get an important point.”