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Punished for our mistakes

19 December 2016

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Danny Graham admits that the team have to address the problem of the repeated defensive mistakes if they are to get themselves out of their current predicament.

Scoring goals hasn't been a problem for Rovers as Graham himself took his goal tally to eight for the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Reading, but keeping them out at the other end is proving to be a real issue.

The striker knows that it isn't just down to the back four and the keeper, and that it is a collective responsibility from everyone on the pitch to ensure they stop giving up costly goals.

And Graham believes that there is enough quality in the squad to ensure that it happens sooner rather than later and that they can climb away from the bottom of the table.

"I feel as though I'm repeating myself, but we can't keep conceding that many goals, it is as simple as that," Graham told Radio Rovers.

"The sooner we get our heads around the fact of what is going on the better. We worked during the week how Reading play and I thought we didn't do too badly. I didn't think we gave away as many chances as we had, but those little mistakes, we're getting punished for them and it needs to stop.

"We need to be tough, every single one of us needs to pull together and we need to dust ourselves off and go again.

"It has been a tough week, it is three games where we have been beaten 3-2 and it just can't happen it is as simple as that. It can't happen, there is no hiding place for no-one. We score as a team and we concede as a team. Everyone is very disappointed in the dressing room.

"We need to address it as a team and not just the back four. As a unit we need to be solid, and if we are solid then we'll score goals and we'll win more games than we'll lose for sure.

"I know we are down and it is hard to take over the last few games but the teams in and around us are still losing so we've still got a chance, it is in our own hands to go and pick up the points and move up the table.

"We've got a lot of quality in the dressing room so it is onwards and upwards hopefully."

Rovers are back in action on Boxing Day when they travel to Oakwell to take on Barnsley.

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