Bernardo: We deserved more

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Bernardo felt Albion deserved more than a point against Aston Villa at the Amex this afternoon.

By Bruce Talbot • 18 January 2020

By Bennett Dean.
Bernardo in action against Aston Villa.

The defender impressed in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Amex but admitted he would have happily given up the man of the match award if it meant Albion took maximum points.

After Leandro Trossard’s first-half strike was cancelled out by Jack Grealish, Bernardo said, “I thought we played really well in the first 45 minutes but we probably needed to manage the game better in the second half.

“We left ourselves exposed a bit, but I thought the second half was still tight. Sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve, and I thought that we maybe deserved more reward today.

“It was an intense game because a lot of the time I was facing guys one on one. I felt I managed to win quite a lot of those duels but I would prefer to have had a terrible match and won the three points.”


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Bernardo's Villa reaction

Albion stay 14th in the table, three points above the relegation zone, ahead of Tuesday’s trip to AFC Bournemouth and Bernardo insists that his side are going forward.

“If you look at the way we have been playing it doesn’t translate into the numbers. Of course, what matters is the goals you score and concede but I still think we are moving in the right way,” he added.

“We are confident as a squad. In the second half of last season we had a problem but we know what we did wrong and we’re playing better football this season and we know what we have to do. We are playing teams fighting for the same spots at the moment and I still think we have a great chance to change our situation.

“Tuesday is a massive game for us. We need to focus on that now but we are confident we can produce an even better performance than we did today.”