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Boss frustrated by sloppy defending

"There was some really poor defending there, but for the vast majority of the game our ability to get behind them was evident, I think"

3 August 2019

Tony Mowbray was left frustrated by his side's defending after Rovers suffered a narrow defeat to Charlton Athletic on the opening day of the season.

Lyle Taylor's close range finish with only 13 minutes remaining proved the difference in the Ewood Park sunshine, after an own goal levelled the scores up following Ben Purrington's opener.

Rovers looked lacklustre in truth, and Mowbray was typically honest when giving his assessment to iFollow Rovers.

“There were positives as we generally dominated the game, but there was not enough quality in that final pass to kill the opponent," the boss reflected after the game.

“It didn’t come and with games like that you’re just waiting for that one set play. We didn’t really feel threatened and then they score with a breakaway goal.

“We were also really frustrated by the nature of their corner kick for the second goal. There was some really poor defending there, but for the vast majority of the game our ability to get behind them was evident, I think.

“It was a game that was there for us to win and we said that at half time. They ended up sucking the air out of us with the second goal and we went a little too direct.

“They were good at managing the game, slowing things down, and we weren’t helped by the officials there.

“But we’re not blaming anyone but ourselves. We didn’t beat Charlton but we have to move on," he added.

“We’re disappointed for ourselves, the supporters, everyone involved. We were full of enthusiasm but didn’t quite get the job done.”


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