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Missed chances proved costly again

The boss was left frustrated for the third successive game that his side didn't take their opportunities

4 July 2020

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It was a case of the same old story for Rovers, with missed chances proving costly again for the third successive game.

Opportunities came and went for Rovers, most notably through the right boots of both Sam Gallagher and Lewis Holtby in the first half.

Gallagher fired wide when one-on-one with Illan Meslier, whilst Holtby cracked the post just a moment later.

Both opportunities would have levelled things up for Rovers against the table-topping Whites, and Tony Mowbray was left cursing his side's luck in front of goal once again.

“Today we came up against a decent team, a running machine really," Mowbray began when reflecting on the display to iFollow Rovers post-match.

"I was just asking our left winger what it was like playing against Luke Ayling, because he must have been in our box 100 times in the game.

“I want the team to enjoy football, to love it and play like they are playing in the playground; getting the ball, popping it off, enjoy tackling an playing against the opposition.

“I don’t want football to be a burden, I want them to enjoy it, and if we get beat then I’ll take the flak.

“But I feel that there’s a bit of anxiety and lack of bravery with one or two, and that can happen sometimes. It’s no disgrace to lose to Leeds United, and yet I thought the gap wasn’t big.

“I thought we were in the game and could have scored two or three goals pretty comfortably."

Once again, the turning point was the missed opportunities, which once again proved costly for Rovers for the third game in a row.

“We’ve said the same thing after Wigan away and after Barnsley away, that at this moment, the top end of the pitch is proving problematic," the boss admitted.

“[Dominic] Samuel missed three really good chances at Barnsley, three really good chances, and yet he wasn’t playing today.

“He had the chances that night, but today Sam had the chances and didn’t put them in the net. Lewis hit the post and those sort of chances simply have to go in.

“Goals make the difference in games."

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