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Boss rues Rovers' decision making

“We have said that in the last 20 metres it has to be better"

14 February 2019

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray insists his side need to take more care in the final third after suffering an agonising late defeat against Reading on Wednesday night.

Loan striker Nelson Oliveira struck the hammer blow with only four minutes remaining to earn the hosts a 2-1 victory, just second after Amari'i Bell's first goal for the club had levelled things up.
 
Rovers largely bossed the encounter in Berkshire, but the boss was left frustrated by his team's decision making when in and around the opposition 18-yard box.
 
“We have said that in the last 20 metres it has to be better," he revealed to iFollow Rovers after the midweek clash.
 
“Maybe a [Bradley] Dack picks that right pass, but Bradley’s been struggling and has missed a few training sessions this week.
 
“It was a decision made on the day of the game to even put him on the bench. He might not have made it.
 
“Without saying that we need to target home games, I think we need to find performances and victories away from home as well."
 
Dack was used from the bench, as was Danny Graham, who the manager opted to have as a substitute for the second of three games in a week.
 
“Sunday is a big, big game for us, as all games are, and tonight it was in my mind to rest a 33-year-old Danny with us having three games this week," Mowbray added.
 
“Statistically his numbers were down on Saturday and then to throw him in again and then expect him to go again on Sunday was going to be tough.
 
“The logic was to give him a breather and to sit him on the bench in case we needed him. 
 
“Ultimately, that quality in the final 20 metres of the pitch was probably what let us down in the end."

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