SPORTHEADLINE: Swansea response delights Carlos Carvalhal after battling back to draw at West Brom

Carlos Carvalhal knew that West Brom would be a tough match with caretaker manager Darren Moore taking charge for the first time, but the Portuguese was happy with the point.

Carlos Carvalhal was pleased with his Swansea side’s reaction as they battled back to earn a 1-1 draw at West Brom on Saturday.

Jay Rodriguez fired bottom-club West Brom ahead in the 54th minute, but Swansea responded through Tammy Abraham with 15 minutes remaining.

The draw leaves Swansea 15th in the Premier League table with 32 points, four ahead of 18th-placed Southampton, who have two games in hand.

Tammy Abraham levelled at the Hawthorns with 15 minutes to go
Tammy Abraham levelled at the Hawthorns with 15 minutes to go

“I am [pleased with a point]. We expected a difficult game with a change of manager,” Carvalhal told Sky Sports. “The [West Brom] players are in a difficult position, and they made things difficult. We felt this during the game, they put some problems to us even though we controlled with our defensive organisation.

“We must do better when we’re on the ball, in the first half we knew that. In the second half, it was still the same, but after the goal, we reacted – we have a lot of strength in our head.

“The team’s reaction was fantastic. We were nearer to the opponent’s goal and did not gift too many opportunities to them.

“At the end, it’s one point. We are trying to collect them to achieve a good number at the end, and this is one more.”

A cagey affair at the Hawthorns came to life in the second half when Rodriguez latched onto Salomon Rondon’s flick-on.

The equaliser was Abraham's first Premier League goal since October
The equaliser was Abraham’s first Premier League goal since October

That woke Swansea up offensively, and with Abraham going on to earn Swansea a point with his first league goal since October, Carvalhal said he was far more pleased with the performance after they had gone a goal down.

“That team when we were losing 1-0 is more my team. It was more aggressive and they weren’t afraid,” Carvalhal admitted.

“Against Tottenham and Man United, our team played too much time without the ball, and they brought that a little here.

“It was not exactly like we wanted, we wanted to be more aggressive, but lucky for us we had time to react and earn a point.

“The big lesson we take is that we must play from the beginning, like we played after we conceded the first goal.

“We have four games at home. Our team is better when he play at home, and I have a conviction that together we can achieve and stay in the Premier League.”

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