‘Unfortunately’ – Carlos Corberan makes Brandon Thomas-Asante point after West Brom draw

Carlos Corberan’s reaction to West Brom’s goalless draw and their performance against Millwall on Saturday.
Carlos Corberan refused to apportion blame on Brandon Thomas-Asante after the West Brom striker passed up another big opportunity to claim three Championship points, on an afternoon where Albion once again had to settle for one.

Millwall, for the third successive season, came to frustrate, particularly in the second half as they allowed Albion to dominate the ball and invited them to attack – ultimately without little luck. There were close shaves, though – namely when Thomas-Asante, from inside the six-yard box, crashed a header which eventually hit the bar. It was at least the third big opportunity in the space of the three matches this week where he might’ve added to his tally.

Albion’s top scorer last season, who has three goals to his name, continued as he always does to work and try and cause problems against a physical and wily Millwall back line, and although more incision would’ve brought more points, Corberan was loathed to criticise his sole, fit, forward.

“He is doing unbelievable work. If you see the minutes he’s played, only in Bristol I changed him,” Corberan said. “He played 90 minutes on Wednesday night and 90 minutes here. Well, not 90 – 100 minutes we play now. It’s not easy to find a player who does what he does for us. Always for the striker, you expect that they use the chances he has – that’s what he wants.

“You mustn’t forget that one year, two months ago he was playing in League Two. He is still growing, but every time he is on the pitch he shows a lot of value for the team. Unfortunately he couldn’t score the goals in the last games, but the level of effort and self-demanding he has…you cannot ask for more.”

 

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Generally speaking, Albion weren’t at the races in the first half. They were slow in the build up and didn’t carve out any clear openings, but they were, as a collective, much more at it in the second and posed Millwall all sorts of problems – without being able to force the ball over the line.

“There was a lot of work – poof! – in this week, and at the end we could only achieve three points from three games,” Corberan reflected. “If you analyse the week, in all the week we couldn’t keep the level of the second half in the first halves. In football, in the Championship, making an excellent 45 minutes is not enough. It doesn’t mean that, if we play well for a full game, that it’ll always be enough because the key is to be clinical in front of goal.

 

“The more options you create, the more chances and possibilities you have to score the goal. The stats in the second half – we had 73% of the ball, the goal expected was 1.86 and their goal expected was zero. We did the perfect second half without the reward of the three points. For me, in the first half, we didn’t play well enough.”

 

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