Carlos Corberan keen to put this Blackburn mistake to bed following Championship play-off blow
West Brom missed out on the chance to jump into the Championship play-off places with a draw against Blackburn on Wednesday night.
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West Brom manager Carlos Corberan has called upon his team to find ‘solutions’ after they conceded a late Blackburn Rovers equaliser on Wednesday night. Albion opened the scoring through Jayson Molumby who headed into the top corner from a rebound to give them the advantage.
However, a series of mistakes in their own third meant the Baggies conceded a late Ben Brereton-Diaz free-kick to damage their play-off hopes. Corberan is hoping they can cut that type of error out of future performances.
“I think we created our own problems,” Corberan admitted when speaking to WBATV. “I think we didn’t have any advantage to put the ball into Molumby, it was one action that we didn’t manage well. The team wasn’t in that position, so the ball needed to go to the ‘keeper to get that in the right position.
“Especially to give into a striker like Dike so he can try and find a different way to solve that situation. We need to find a solution to that,” Corberan said.
Albion had played well up until the mistake and looked promising in possession. But despite the late error, which lead to their first goal conceded at The Hawthorns in seven matches, the Spaniard remains pleased with his side’s performance.
“The reaction of the team in the second half was excellent,” Corberan added. “But in the first half, we didn’t find the right way to attack and dominate the game enough. In the second half, we stopped their chances and increased our chances at the same time. It was a difficult and tough game like we expected it to be.
“For me, we did very good things in the second half that were worthy of three points. Especially after the goal we scored, the team was deep and we went to try and score another. We only made one wrong decision in the second half and it cost one free-kick that made us now have the feeling that we’ve lost two points.”
The boss made a huge call to drop David Button and replace him with senior debutant Josh Griffiths, who came into the starting XI. The former Lincoln City, Portsmouth and Cheltenham Town loanee was just a fingertip away from a debut clean sheet.
"It was firstly important to talk with David because it’s true that his value as a person and as a goalkeeper is high,” Corberan told Express and Star. "It’s true that this season has not gone like he’d have wanted it to go.
“It’s been a difficult season for him because he knows he hasn’t performed at the level that he has to as a keeper. So that’s why we decided to give the step to Josh, that’s why we brought him in to be another option.
“That’s why I thought he’d be ready to manage this game and the next ones. This is what I’ll do – keep working with David in the back as he was doing, keep developing Griffiths as we were doing, and in the end increase the possibilities of options.
"Sometimes with a keeper it’s normal to rotate, but watch the game of Burnley yesterday – they made the decision to change the keeper. He’s still a football player, we evaluate them, we see who is performing well and make the decision that allows someone to play.
“They now must keep working, David must show me I was wrong, and Griffiths must show me I was right in the decision I made,” Corberan said. West Brom’s next Championship game is away at another play-off contender, Watford, on Monday evening.