BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer lamented his side’s defending in their disappointing 3-1 defeat at resurgent Wolves yesterday.
But he also took umbrage with the officials who he felt missed a foul on Craig Conway in the lead up to Wolves’ second goal.
“We can’t keep coming away from home and conceding soft goals,” said Bowyer.
“There’s no point saying we had the lion’s share of possession, that we’ve played well and that we’ve been the more dominant team and be talking about losing three points.
“The very first cross that they put into our box they score from. We should have defended it better, there is no doubt about that.
“Then their goalie has made a fantastic save from Ben Marshall and another couple of saves.
“Then there’s a free kick not given right in front of the bench when Craig Conway gets fouled. They go down the other end and he gives a free kick to them and they score from it.
“So to be 2-0 down at half-time, I thought it was harsh.
“In the second half we had the majority of the play and once we get it to 2-1 Wolves were the team that were playing counter-attack football.
“But unfortunately we’ve conceded another soft goal.”
The loss left Rovers 14th in the early Championship standings going into the international break with seven points from a possible 15 whereas Kenny Jackett’s promoted team are flying high in third after four wins out of five.
Wolves boss Jackett said: “I’ve got a lot of respect for Gary Bowyer and the job he’s done so for us to take them on and beat them 3-1 is a very good achievement.
“It was never going to be easy and we worked hard to do it.
“I felt Blackburn were an excellent side and we should be very pleased with ourselves that we’ve beaten them.
“It was quite even to start with. We got into a two-goal lead and then in the second half their wide men were coming inside and finding the pockets and finding the holes.
“Without necessarily cutting us open and making clear-cut chances, they had a lot of possession and it was uncomfortable for us.
“In those circumstances you have to defend and you have to defend very well.
“When we did go narrow and forced them wide it was easier for us to intercept and we did have a threat on the break."