Analysis: Late heartbreak a poor way to go into international break for West Brom
A 96th-minute defeat to lowly and struggling opposition is no way to head into the first international break of the season.
Carlos Corberan was visibly despondent after his Albion team succumbed to Huddersfield Town. The Baggies had been well and truly ‘Warnocked’ – the old stager, 74, proving he still knows how to set a side up effectively.
The Hawthorns head coach would have been just as irked by the timing of the Terriers’ winner as to the fact the visitors deserved the three points as the better side.
Albion were brought down a peg or two by the well-drilled, physically superior and sharper Yorkshiremen – who had yet to register a victory this term.
A victory over Middlesbrough seven days earlier to extend the excellent Hawthorns record under Corberan, before a relatively successful end to the transfer window having kept hold of key players and loaned a right-back, had Baggies in decent spirits.
But Corberan and his side were unable to build on any signs of momentum and optimism against his former club and lost for just a third time at home in 19 under the Spaniard.
Albion momentum came in a very brief early flash – after another welcome blast of the well-received Liquidator – but fizzled away after barely five minutes.
The home side were too ponderous and not quick enough of mind or body to really stretch Warnock’s 3-5-2. The veteran’s change of formation may well have surprised Corberan ahead of kick-off.