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🗣️ Bowen | "We lacked intensity, tempo and lost our concentration"

Royals boss disappointed that "we switched off and that’s cost us the game"...

28 January 2020

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It was a performance that was lacking something this evening. And Mark Bowen is intent on putting it right very quickly.

"I'm disappointed because we lacked that intensity in our play tonight," he began.

"We're at home and we have to stamp our authority on the match, but instead we started slowly. I’ve been banging the drum – and I’ll keep banging the drum...I know we’ve got good players here but if we don’t get the other side of the game right for the whole ninety minutes, then we are vulnerable.

"The goal that they scored was because a couple of people switched off and let midfield runners go. You can’t do that at this level. We talked about that – in those transitions of play and the turnovers, they have the pace and the desire to run beyond the ball and we switched off and that’s cost us the game.

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"Too many times I saw players pulling out of tackles and not quite getting up to the ball, not taking the game by the scruff of the neck and doing those things that I want to see them do.

"In the context of the game, we had one cleared off the line and the majority of the better chances - I feel that a draw would have been a fair result. But football isn't fair and in the second half, they got their goal. They didn't have much else, but they made it count.

"We’ve prided ourselves lately on being a tough side to beat. And against Nottingham Forest, we got plaudits for that side of our game. But tonight we didn’t quite have that and the intensity wasn’t there.

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"It wasn’t until we went a goal down that we upped the tempo, which is what I’d been asking for. We were getting loads of crosses into the box but couldn’t quite get that equaliser in the last ten minutes. They defended well, but it was a bit too little, too late from us.

"So we have to get back to it as soon as we can."

And that opportunity comes quickly with a trip to the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday night, where the Bluebirds knocked West Brom off their perch this evening.

"I’ll keep making demands, and putting pressure on these players all the time. People have to earn the right to stay in the team.

"You have to get in the side on merit – and there is two sides of the game. We have to marry both of them."



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