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Williams: A frustrating weekend

“We felt comfortable at the start and we’re just disappointed by the penalty decision given against us"

11 November 2019

Derrick Williams cut a forlorn figure when giving his take on Rovers' defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road this weekend.

The defender bagged his third goal of the season with a powerful header just before half time, but it wasn't enough for Rovers to take anything back from Yorkshire.

First half goals via Patrick Bamford's spot kick arrived in contentious circumstances following Gavin Ward's decision to award the hosts a penalty after Luke Ayling tumbled in the box on the half hour mark.

Jack Harrison's finish made it 2-0 soon after, but Williams was left irked by the penalty call on former team-mate Ayling, which swung the game in Leeds' favour.

“We’re very frustrated because we felt Leeds were there for the taking," the Republic of Ireland international reflected to iFollow Rovers after the game.

"I felt we could have nicked one towards the end in the last 20 minutes or so. It’s disappointing, but it’s a tough place to come and we were solid in the first 20 minutes in particular.

“The penalty seemed to swing the momentum in their favour, but we dug in, managed to get a goal but unfortunately we couldn’t get a second.

“We felt comfortable at the start and we’re just disappointed by the penalty decision given against us.

“I thought Tosin [Adarabioyo] got a touch of the ball and even the Leeds player didn’t think it was a penalty. It’s frustrating when things like that go against you.

“I think 2-0 is always a dangerous scoreline, so after we got a goal back I had a feeling we’d perhaps get a second goal," he added.

“But it wasn’t to be. I had a chance in the second half that went wide and it was a difficult day.

“Big decisions went against us, but I felt we did alright against a team in the top three of the division."


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