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Clarke disappointed for supporters

25 April 2015

Boss rues lack of cutting edge

Manager Steve Clarke was very disappointed not to see his team pick up a result for our supporters at the final home game of the season.

The boss had to reflected on a performance that mirrored a few from this season - plenty of possession, good territory but lacking that clinical cutting edge.

Steve said, "We're stuck in a little bit of a rut, especially here at home. I don't like to say the performances are OK because we've been losing, but we look like a good team until we get to the final third of the pitch.

"I'm disappointed with the two goals we lost, and overall I'm disappointed for the supporters. We were desperate to win our last home game for them, put on a performance and score some goals, send them home happy.

"I thought was a game we were always in, always competitive, we had chances but didn't take them. Brentford, to be fair, were more dangerous around the box than we were, that was the difference."

The boss admitted that the final element of the game is not going for us right now, saying, "We're struggling for goals, you can't say it any other way. I've tried every forward player, whether it's a lack of confidence, nervousness, I don't know. We create but we're not putting it away.

"We miss Pavel when he doesn't play, he's a physical reference point for us to go forward. We always look a little more likely to score when he's in the team. It's something we have to address."

We now go to Rotherham and Derby for the final two matches, and both the Millers and Rams will be striving for all three points. "We look forward to both of them, proper games with something on them, hopefully away from home we can relax a bit [in front of goal] and find the goals that are missing.

"The club has had three seasons of disappointment, you can sense that around the stadium, hopefully we can change that next season."

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