Carlos Corberan addresses Kyle Bartley injury as West Brom frustrated at Ipswich Town
Carlos Corberan admits the injury Kyle Bartley suffered in West Bromwich Albion's 2-2 draw with Ipswich Town made a telling impact on the game. The centre-back was withdrawn at the break at Portman Road, while the Baggies were a goal to the good, thanks to Tom Fellows' superb solo effort.
However, with Bartley on the treatment table, West Brom were unable to withstand the early second half pressure from Ipswich, who equalised through Nathan Broadhead. Substitute John Swift put the Midlands outfit ahead once more in the 76th minute of the contest, but with the pressure building in added time, Omari Hutchinson found an opening to equalise once more.
Both goals came through set pieces, something Corberan wasn't pleased with, and that's where the absence of Bartley was felt. The centre-back wasn't the only injury West Brom picked up in Suffolk either, with striker Daryl Dike lasting just 10 minutes after stepping off the bench in the second half.
The USA international left the field in tears at Ipswich following what has been a wretched run of injuries.
"Unfortunately to have him on the pitch was one of the keys for me because we knew how important he is in those areas, to defend set pieces," Corberan told Sky Sports when asked about Bartley's injury. "He was having a very good game before we had to change him at half-time."
On the game, Corberan lamented: "I think in some moments we should have attacked more and tried to influence more of the game. In the second half, they used very well the second phase of one throw-in to score and to change the general feeling. After this the only way we win the game is to attack more and try and defend less.
"In attack we scored a very good individual action with the second goal and for me, then the key was to keep attacking. We couldn't stop them and they used again a second phase from a set piece."