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Adkins: Bad goals costly

8 April 2014

Boss rues Bournemouth loss

Nigel Adkins was disappointed with his team's performance as they went down 3-1 to play-off rivals Bournemouth.

In particular he pinpointed the concession of three 'cheap' goals that gave the Cherries an advantage that they pushed home with aplomb.

We rallied somewhat in the second half, and although we suffered more injuries with Danny Williams and Danny Guthrie both ruled out, the boss refused to use that as an excuse.

He said, "Credit to Bournemouth for how they played, but again we've conceded three poor goals and we've got to do better than that. We came here to get a result and we haven't done it.

"We had a chance in the first minute, the goalkeeper made a save and then just afterwards Drenthe could have squared it to Alfie and we probably would have scored.

"We gave three goals away and the third right on half time was a killer. At 2-0 you think you're still in it, but then we conceded again. But I must give Bournemouth credit again, they were up for it and the crowd was very good for them as well."

Asked how big a blow the injuries to Williams and Guthrie were, he said, "It didn't help, it's disruption but you have to deal with it. We made the call on Danny Williams at 1:30pm that he couldn't play, and then Danny Guthrie pulled up in the warm-up, he'll have a scan tomorrow. It's another challenge we need to meet head on."

He continued, "We needed to not get beat tonight, and I'm really disappointed we haven't done that. It was an opportunity to close the gap and if we'd won we'd have been a point behind Wigan. But as it is, the teams below us have closed the gap on us.

"But you know me, I'm positive and excited about what's ahead. It's Leicester on Monday, and the table could change on Saturday without us playing. It's one we've got to make sure we're ready for."

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