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A lack of cutting edge let us down

The gaffer gave an honest assessment following the narrow defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage

10 August 2019

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Tony Mowbray says he felt encouraged by lots of his side's play against Fulham at Craven Cottage, but admitted a lack of clinicality proved to be Rovers' undoing.

Chances came and went for the visitors before ex-Rover Tom Cairney curled home a sumptuous strike from 25-yards just before the half hour mark in the capital.

More opportunities passed Rovers by before Aleksander Mitrovic's close range effort made the game safe late on, but Mowbray felt there were some positive signs from the clash against the favourites for the Championship title.

“Football’s about getting points and we’ve got to find a way to turn decent performances into victories," the boss admitted to iFollow Rovers after the game.

“It’s similar to last weekend against Charlton where there was not enough clinical edge, not enough efforts on goal.

“We didn’t give the goalkeeper too much to do and yet in the first half in particular I thought we were the most dominant team. If anyone was going to win it then it was going to be us.

“Standing here after a 2-0 defeat feels a little bit of an injustice, but in the history books it’ll look like it was an easy win for them.

“But it wasn’t like that for them, it wasn’t easy. We were on top for long periods but didn’t get the goal," he added.

“I can’t remember them putting intense pressure on our goal and it’s frustrating really to let the result slip through our fingers.

“The game plan worked well but there were ultimately no points for us."

Rovers impressed in the early stages in particular prior to Cairney's stunner, and Mowbray felt a little disappointed by the closing down from his side to allow the playmaker to break the deadlock.

“Fulham have some wonderful players and Rovers fans will know all about Tom Cairney’s quality," he said.

"You can’t allow him time on the ball otherwise he’ll hurt you.

“We showed good energy, good pressure, but lacked that bit of quality when we needed it around their box. It just didn’t happen for us today.”

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