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Royals boss rues poor goals conceded

4 October 2014

Adkins frustrated by defensive errors

Royals boss Nigel Adkins was left ruing defensive errors that cost his side any reward from a visit to Brentford this afternoon.

"It’s frustrating, annoying because we’ve been in good form," he began his post-match analysis at Griffin Park.

"We knew Brentford would be good; we were here last weekend to watch them play Leeds United and they were excellent, so we know they’d want to go and play - and they hit the post in the first minute. So take nothing away from them, they are a good footballing side.

"But the top and bottom of it is you can’t give goals away like we have today. You've got to stop the cross and then defend the cross if it comes in. We can't allow easy balls into the box - there have been too many all season. We've identified it early, we need to be better, we'll address it and we'll work on it on the training ground.

"We had a lot of possession and had our chances, we created good opportunities at times. Ryan Edwards I think had four shots either on the edge of the box or inside the 18-yard box in the first half, Nick Blackman has made the keeper make a couple of saves, so it was there for us to go and capitalise on.

"But when you give the goals away we’ve conceded – it changes the complexion of the game and makes it a real challenge to come back. We put ourselves in a situation we shouldn’t have done with two awful goals.

"We made a couple of substitutions at half time and we were on the front foot when Coxy goes and scores a good goal. We had the momentum. We had 15 corners in the game, but you have to go and win the game and put the ball in the back of the net.

"We’ve had a lot of pressure but the third goal saw us off. Is it a free-kick? Nine and three quarter times out of ten the referee gives a foul, but you have to abide by his decisions so it's irrelevant now. Bottom line is we have not done enough to win a game of football today."

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