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Lacklustre first half let us down

“I was happy with the second half performance, but we should have been braver on the ball at the beginning of the game"

31 August 2019

Had Rovers transformed their second half performance into a 90 minute display, they'd have surely taken something from the defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

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Bradley Dack's strike after only 25 seconds made it a dream start to life back at The Hawthorns for Tony Mowbray, who was in charge of The Baggies for almost three years.

But three goals in 18 minutes saw that lead unravel, with Matt Phillips, Jake Livermore and Grady Diangana producing the goods that damaged Rovers beyond repair.

Despite Bradley Johnson pulling a goal back just before the break, it was to be in vain, with Mowbray's men missing chances to nick an equaliser in the West Midlands.

And speaking after the game, Mowbray felt the first half performance was ultimately his side's downfall.

“I think we competed and the second half was much better than the first half," he said glumly to iFollow Rovers after the clash with Slaven Bilic's charges.

"After scoring so early, we could really feel their quality.

“We couldn’t get a foothold in the game in the first half and they pushed up back. We changed things at half time and got ourselves back in the game before the break.

“There’s frustration in the goal that we did score being ruled out for a foul, in what was one of a few good chances that we created in the second half.

“We looked to force that equaliser and we come away frustrated and disappointed," he reflected.

“I was happy with the second half performance, but we should have been braver on the ball at the beginning of the game.

“After the changes we were better, and we might have done enough to get something out of the game, but I think if you look at it another way then West Brom would have been disappointed to have only drawn.”


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