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First half was our undoing, says Raya

The stopper was honest in his assessment when speaking to iFollow Rovers after the game against Boro

18 February 2019

David Raya gave an honest assessment following the home defeat to Middlesbrough, admitting that the first half led to Rovers' demise against the Teessiders.

In truth, Rovers weren't at the races in a first half that saw Britt Assombalonga net what was to be the winner, before Derrick Williams was shown a straight red card just before half time.
 
Rovers improved in the second 45 minutes, and had the chances to level things up after chances fell the way of Danny Graham and Bradley Dack, but came away with nothing to show for their efforts.
 
“It was a very tough afternoon and we didn’t show what we were all about," the 23-year-old Spaniard told iFollow Rovers after the encounter.
 
"The first half was very poor and we found ourselves down to 10 men just before half time.
 
“The second half was better, but the first half was what killed us.
 
“The first half wasn’t us, it wasn’t our team. The second half, with a man down, showed what we were capable of, but it wasn’t enough in the end.
 
“Sometimes in football that happens. We found ourselves with too much to do and left ourselves with a big hill to climb.
 
“It was a sloppy goal to give away. We shouldn’t let the ball bounce at the start of the move and they get a bit of luck when it falls for Assombalonga, who taps in.
 
“It’s very frustrating. All we can do is keep working and keep going."

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