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Mowbray frustrated by fine margins

"Luke Ayling’s even told one of our players that he was embarrassed by the penalty decision"

9 November 2019

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Tony Mowbray was left a frustrated man after seeing his side come away from Elland Road with nothing to show for their efforts.

A number of questionable decisions went for and against both teams in the clash against Leeds United, with major doubt coming when Marcelo Bielsa's side were handed a penalty just before the half hour mark.

The sport kick was stroked home by Patrick Bamford for his first goal in his last 10 games, before Jack Harrison scored what was to eventually be the match-winning moment.

Derrick Williams pulled a goal back just five minutes before the break, but Mowbray's men couldn't muster an equaliser in Yorkshire.

“I genuinely thought that with 20 minutes to go that we’d get a point," the boss reflected to iFollow Rovers after the game.

“Whilst they’re a good team, you felt the momentum turn a little bit despite us playing a lot of the game out of possession of the ball.

“I felt that a goal was coming, whether that would come from a set play or through something dropping our way after going a little bit more direct to Danny [Graham].

“Let’s be honest, we didn’t really create too many clear cut chances and weren’t peppering their goal in the final 20 minutes, but I felt a nervousness with their crowd.

“We have to find that bit of quality in the tight games that make the difference in the final third.

“We have players who can do that, but today it didn’t quite happen for us around their box. We’re finding a way to lose games at the moment. We’re in every game and we’re very close."

And on the penalty call, Mowbray felt the decision by Gavin Ward was soft to say the very least.

“They got a leg up today by a very poor decision for the penalty in a game that had a really high intensity," he added.

“The penalty was out of context of the game really. Luke Ayling’s even told one of our players that he was embarrassed by the penalty decision, but there you go. What can you do?

“It’s hard to take when you don’t get anything, but it’s another defeat, it’s frustrating, but we have to get on with things.”

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