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POST MATCH | Stubbs frustrated by defensive lapses

17 September 2016

Alan Stubbs post Blackburn Rovers...

Rotherham United manager Alan Stubbs admitted frustration after individual mistakes were to blame for his side’s 4-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

 

The Millers made the perfect start after going in front through Danny Ward, but goals from Craig Conway and Marvin Emnes gave the hosts a half-time lead.

 

After Ben Marshall put Rovers 3-1 in front, Ward bagged his second to give the Millers a lifeline, but a stoppage time fourth from Sam Gallagher sealed the points for Owen Coyle’s side.

 

Stubbs said after the game that he was concerned with individual errors, and stressed that his players must do better in the future.

 

“Some of our defending today is really poor,” Stubbs said.

 

“It is individuals not doing their jobs, but we have to do better as a team. There is only us that can put that right, and in a lot of the goals we are beating ourselves by our decision making, being on the wrong side and lapses of concentration.

 

“They are individual things that players have to take responsibility for. I'll keep working with them, I'll keep backing them 100% but you have to look at yourself sometimes, it has to come from within.”

 

Stubbs was pleased with his side’s attacking threat, with the Millers creating opportunities before and after half-time.

 

But the Millers boss was frustrated at his side for cancelling out their threat up front with poor defending for three of Rovers’ four goals.

 

“When we do get the ball in and around their box we have players who can hurt teams, but you look at the goals and we have to do much better,” he added.

 

“You have to have a bit about you to not keep making mistakes week in, week out. I am stating the obvious but we need to do better individually and as a team. You get yourself in a 1-0 lead and before we know it we are 2-1 down, and it is just through players not doing what they are supposed to do and that is the frustrating thing about it.

“To be fair to their lad he puts one in the top corner, it is a great strike. But we should have been a lot closer to him. The other three goals I can't defend because they were poor goals to give away. My patience was already running thin, but it is starting to get even thinner. They players have had opportunities so they should have no complaints if they are left out of the team.

“They have to look at themselves because they have done it (against Forest), but they have to be better overall. We cannot go from giving a performance like we did during the week, to then gift Blackburn the victory today.

“We got ourselves back into the game at 3-2 and anything can happen. But before you know it we shoot ourselves in the foot again. That is really frustrating.”


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