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We lost to a very good side

"It wasn’t to be against a very good team with good technical footballers who pick the right pass and ask questions of you"

27 April 2019

Tony Mowbray felt his side could have nicked a point, but conceded that a dominant Norwich City deserved their victory at Carrow Road.

The win clinches Premier League football for the Canaries, who largely bossed possession on the night and won thanks to first half goals from Marco Stiepermann and Mario Vrancic.

Although Lewis Travis' first professional goal gave Rovers hope of a comeback, Daniel Farke's side earned all three points on home turf.

And speaking to iFollow Rovers after the game, Mowbray was left pondering what could have been for the visitors, whose four-game winning run came to an end in a drizzly Norfolk.

“It looked for spells that the equaliser would come when we got on top in the last half an hour of the game," the boss reflected after the game, which saw Norwich clinch promotion back to the top flight after three seasons away.

“They had a bit of anxiety, as you might have expected, but ultimately we couldn’t get that second goal.

“It was quite similar to when we played at Villa away a couple of weeks go.

“We were on the back foot for the majority of the game, but we got right on top late on and probably deserved to get a point.

“But it wasn’t to be against a very good team with good technical footballers who pick the right pass and ask questions of you.

“I was frustrated by our start, but they pressed really well, pushing right up on our defenders.

“Maybe there was a bit of fear from us, I don’t know, but we had to engage a bit more, we didn’t do it and that allowed them to pass it around us.

“We grew into the game but couldn’t get that second goal."


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