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Tony: We need a reaction

The boss admits it was a poor display from his team in Devon

3 February 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray accepts his side weren’t at the races in their defeat at Plymouth Argyle, but wants to see a reaction from his team as soon as possible.

 A first half home double did the damage as Rovers’ 18-game unbeaten run came to an end at Home Park.
And Mowbray cut a frustrated figure when speaking to iFollow Rovers after the clash against the Pilgrims.

“It’s always disappointing when you don’t win a football match. I’m disappointed for the supporters, who travelled a long way to watch us.

“The run was going to end at some point and it’s about how we react. We have to take the defeat on the chin and move onto the next one.
“There have been times in the unbeaten run where we have been a lot worse than that and there have been times where we have been a lot better than that.
“I think in the first half we never reached the energy levels that we have been playing with, really.”
And Mowbray admitted he should take some of the blame for a lacklustre performance in Devon.
The boss felt his side lacked energy at a wet and windy Argyle, and struggled to create any clear cut chances on the day.
“I think that’s partly my fault because of the team I picked. Between confident players who had done well in the last week or so and picking a team that was full of energy and drive,” he said.
“I don’t think we had the energy in the first half and we could still be playing now and not have scored. We’re disappointed by the goals we lost.
“The second half was better but we never looked like scoring. It’s easy with hindsight but we probably needed a bit more creativity - maybe it was a day for Jack Payne and his dancing feet to pick a little reverse pass.
“They had a lot of men behind the ball. Once they scored we found them hard to break down. It’s not been a good day for us and there’s no excuses."

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