Reaction to Albion defeat

Last updated : 13 February 2024 By Michael Morris

Cardiff City boss Erol Bulut told BBC Sport Wales:

"The first minute was not great for us, concentration, a one-versus-one situation and again we concede a goal.


"We had the chances to make it 1-1, in the second half especially with Kion {Etete} and [Aaron] Ramsey.

"When they scored the second it was difficult to change the game, because it was close to the end of the match.

"If you concede so early, in the first minute, it is not easy after that. We tried really hard in the second half to score. We had the chances, but in the final third we were not effective with our final shot." 

West Brom’s fifth win on the spin on home soil was significantly influenced by the new recruits, who have turned the heat up on CArlos Corberan’s pre-existing attacking options in competing for places – but that is something the Spaniard now relishes when selecting his team. 

“It’s necessary to have these options,” Corberan said. “It’s something key, because if you don’t rotate the players, at the end you have more injuries. 

“For us, as a club, it was necessary for us to add more attacking options, because we needed to increase the options we had. Right now, we’re using the players, because it’s necessary to have that impact from the bench. 

“Our players now know that we have now good options. They believe in the team-mates they have. Our attacking players know that if they’re not at 100 per cent, we have others who will be. They understand it’s a strength we have and must use. 

“It can never be a problem, to have two or three players competing in every position – now we have those alternatives.”