Manager's thoughts on yesterday's defeat
Rovers boss Mark McGhee was disappointed at his team’s performance at the Crown Ground yesterday.
He saw his side slip to a single goal defeat and suggested that there are some players who weren’t performing to their full potential.
However he felt that the home side deserved their victory.
“I don’t feel we were unlucky and feel that we were well beaten. I can’t think of any other game this season, particularly in the first half, where our opponents have had as much of the ball as Accrington had today.
“We found it difficult to get to their shape and even when we changed from a four, to a five, across the middle but we never really got into the game at all.
“There are no complaints at all about the outcome, whatsoever. As far as I’m concerned the result was coming and had it not been for our goalkeeper it could have been a three, four, or even five goal defeat and that’s hugely disappointing.”
The fact that he was without players due to injury and suspension was not used as an excuse.
“Even though we had to make changes at the back that really wasn’t the reason for the performance. We didn’t lose the game, for example, because Jim Paterson was playing as a left sided central defender.
“As a team we didn’t play well, we didn’t look energetic enough, and there were three or four players who were well below par and that was also very disappointing. They know who they are and have been told.
“You can’t go to any ground without everyone playing flat out. Accrington had that, while we didn’t. The home side had prepared well on the training ground, passed the ball well, and soundly beat us even though it was only by a single goal.”
Rovers, said the manager, didn’t compete.
“We didn’t compete well enough, we didn’t get close enough to them and we didn’t stop them playing or put them on the back foot for the entire game. Standing there watching, it seemed as though I was almost waiting for the inevitable.’
“We have a depleted squad, it’s true, but we brought Derek Riordan back today and I was pleased with how well he looked and once we have a team that’s playing well around him then things will improve.
“Having Tom Parkes back next week will be a big help and, with Derek coming back, will; bring a freshness to the squad in time for the FA Cup tie.”
Mark said he was as frustrated as anyone with the performance.
“There are players who continue to disappoint and who have to do more.
“My frustration at today’s result will manifest itself in change and when players who are injured come back into contention then players who are letting us down will not be playing and they will have to live with that.
“Change, inevitably, means that some players may not have a future at the club. That’s not a dramatic statement because each summer there is a cull due to the fact that contracts come to an end and you get an opportunity to change.”
There were 288 Rovers fans at the game and the manager said this; “We have a responsibility to do better than that. I think the fans can accept losing and they know there will be days on which you can lose a football match, but they want to see you doing that when you have given everything and working to give absolutely everything.
“I didn’t think enough of us did that today to try to win the game and the fans, quite rightly, should be incensed by that. Also, it’s my responsibility to get 100% out of these players and clearly I failed in my job today because I wasn’t able to do that and those fans have every right to be disappointed with me.”