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Mowbray: Frustration all round

"It was just an inswinging corner and there was no contact from the goalkeeper or any of the defenders and it’s in our net"

9 February 2019

Tony Mowbray was left irritated after seeing his side suffer a rare home defeat following defeat to Bristol City at Ewood Park.

Italian defender Eros Pisano's close range finish was the difference on the day in East Lancashire, with the substitute finding the back of the net after latching onto Callum O'Dowda's inswinging corner with only 10 minutes remaining.

Rovers will have counted themselves unfortunate to lose against the Robins, especially after bossing the clash for long periods.

And speaking afterwards, Mowbray felt his side deserved better than what the end result showed.

“It was always going to be a tough game against a team who have won a lot of matches on the bounce," he said.

"We knew that it was going to be tough day, and one we thought it might be one to win 1-0.

“But ultimately it wasn’t to be. They defended well, are physical and carry a threat at the top end of the pitch.

“We worked extremely hard and had spells when we got on top and had four or five shots. It wasn’t to be our day.

“The nature of the defeat, from a set play, makes it more hurtful. We work hard on set plays, for and against, and to lose like that, from a ball in to our box, is frustrating for us all.

“There were one or two instances when we got in to fantastic positions but the last pass was overhit,” Mowbray added.

“We have lots of quality but couldn’t pick out that final pass and put the ball in to the net."

And after another soft goal was given away, the boss insists his side must be better with the basics when defending.

“But the nature of the goal they scored, if they pick you off on the counter and break away and cross the ball and a lad scores, then you say ‘great energy, great quality’.

“But it was just an inswinging corner and there was no contact from the goalkeeper or any of the defenders and it’s in our net.”


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