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Reaction | Rob Edwards on West Brom defeat

14 January 2023

Club News

Reaction | Rob Edwards on West Brom defeat

14 January 2023

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Manager Rob Edwards shared his disappointment following a first defeat in five matches against West Bromwich Albion at Kenilworth Road this afternoon.

His side raced into a two-goal lead within the first 10 minutes through goals from Carlton Morris and Elijah Adebayo, but the in-form Baggies staged a comeback to win their fourth match in succession.

“Obviously bitterly disappointed to lose the game,” Edwards said in his post-match press conference. “I’ll start with where credit is due, West Brom are a really good team and well done to them.

“I was delighted with our start and to go two-nil was well deserved and exactly how we wanted to try and be, aggressive and on the front foot playing forward.

“We scored a couple of really good goals but they still retain that threat. There was a couple of chances in those opening exchanges. It shifts the mindset a little bit, ‘okay we’re two-nil up now’, they probably shift their mindset and think ‘we’ve got to up this’.

“The shape of their team when they had the ball was difficult to press at times and we had to try and change it a little bit in that first half which we did and we were okay. Ultimately, it was the manner of the goals, the way we conceded the goals was the disappointing thing.

“Yes, we created chances but the goals we conceded were from our mistakes and that’s what we’re really good at – defending the box, stopping crosses, making clearances, we have done that really well this season.”

After West Brom scored two goals in quick succession, the Hatters fought valiantly to get back into the contest and made four changes but unlike games against Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Huddersfield Town, weren’t able to make the difference.

“It was difficult, we huffed and puffed, they went into a back five and we couldn’t quite create that moment. One or two crosses were overhit, we just needed that bit of quality and we didn’t quite have it today.”


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