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Payne: We should have gone on to win

Jack rues missed chances in draw against Oldham at Ewood Park

10 February 2018

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Rovers playmaker Jack Payne was left frustrated after the side missed out on earning the three points against Oldham at Ewood Park.

Rovers came back from two goals down to earn a point against the Latics, thanks to Charlie Mulgrew's fabulous free kick and Adam Armstrong's birthday strike.
 
But despite having chances to clinch victory, Rovers couldn't find a third way past Oldham 'keeper Johny Placide and had to make do with a solitary point.
 
“When you are 2-0 down at half time and you manage to get a point it is a positive, but we had enough time to get a winner so we are disappointed," Payne told iFollow Rovers after the game.
 
“We feel like that is the sort of game we should be winning. We had a few chances to do so at the end, including myself.
 
“But at 2-0 down you’d usually take the point and the two teams around us lost, so hopefully we can build on that and get the win on Tuesday at Portsmouth.
 
“It’s a chance missed to take over Shrewsbury and put the pressure on Wigan, so we are disappointed we only got the one point. The fact they both didn’t win, maybe we’ve got away with one there."
 
So where did it go wrong for Rovers, who weren't at their fluid best in the first 45 minutes? Payne gives a totally honest assessment, but admits the character shown in the second half was a pleasing point.
 
“The first half wasn’t good enough. We couldn’t get going, we take responsibility for that. We didn’t keep the ball, didn’t defend well, didn’t attack well and were awful.
 
“We came out in the second half, were hungry, created chances and got the goals, it’s just a shame we couldn’t get the three points.
 
“The boss was accurate with what he said at half time. We weren’t good enough and we knew it. He drummed that into us and the focus was fully on the second half and showing a reaction.
 
“We had them pinned back, scored two good goals but it was just a shame we couldn’t score more, because we had the chances."

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