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We have to stop conceding silly goals

17 December 2016

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Owen Coyle knows that Rovers need to stop giving away sloppy goals if they are to get the results to move up the table.

After three games in which they picked up seven points out of a possible nine, Rovers have suffered back-to-back 3-2 defeats at the hands of Preston and Brighton.

Now as they prepare to take on Reading in this afternoon's final home game of 2016, the boss wants the team to maintain that goal threat, but at the same time stop giving them away so cheaply at the other end.

"I think any game ahead of you becomes the biggest game of the season and Saturday's is exactly the same," said Coyle.

"We took a punch to the nose in terms of the last two results, but the effort, the spirit and the bravery has been there. What we need to do is make sure that we aren't giving up the goals that we are.

"But we have shown, and it is very important, that we have goals in the team.

"On Tuesday that was a Brighton team that had conceded 11 goals this season, and we scored two and could have had three or four.

"So we know that we are a real goal threat, but what we have to do is stop giving up those silly goals at the other end and if we do that then it leads to wins."

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