We can't feel too Lowe, insists Blackburn Rovers midfielder
THERE is much frustration about Blackburn Rovers’ start to the new season, but midfielder Jason Lowe is sure that results will quickly turn for Gary Bowyer’s men.
A shock 2-0 defeat at newly promoted Doncaster on Friday night leaves Rovers third bottom of the Championship table, with only one point from their opening three league games.
They also suffered a surprise exit in the first round of the League Cup at Carlisle, who have crashed to four-goal defeats in all three of their matches in League One so far this term.
No-one is more disappointed about that sequence of events than Bowyer and his side, but the manager has insisted that his players’ performances have merited more from their opening matches.
Lowe concurs with that sentiment, and remains confident that victories will soon come.
“Obviously it was another loss, which we don’t want, and it’s a start that we didn’t hope for,” said the 21-year-old.
“In general terms of play on Friday, did we dominate in terms of possession? Yes.
“But we switched off for a split second and in this league if you’re not switched on in both boxes then that can happen.
“The final ball let us down at times, we got up the pitch pretty well and maybe it just didn’t quite click for us in the final third.
“But performance wise you’ve got to take the positives, and the second goal was just a freak goal.
“To separate a football match sometimes you just switch off and it’s that split second.
“Unfortunately for us on Friday I think it came down to that. We know as a team we didn’t work their goalkeeper enough too.
“But on the whole in terms of performances, as difficult as it is to take at the moment, I’m sure we’ll put it right in no time.”
Bowyer felt Theo Robinson was offside when he headed Doncaster’s first goal on Friday, before James Husband’s cross sailed straight in at the far post for their second goal.
“I thought we dominated possession but we went in at half time 1-0 down on the back of two linesman’s decisions,” said the boss.
“Their lad is offside for the first one and we had a goal disallowed for Chris Taylor when quite clearly Jordan Rhodes is onside.
“The way we passed the ball and played the game was pleasing and we continued in the second half but we got done by what can only be described as a fluke.
“In three games we’ve lost two and that’s not through the opposition dominating us, it’s been by flukes.”
Rovers now go into two home matches, against Barnsley on Saturday and Bolton Wanderers seven days later.
Lowe sees those games as an opportunity to get results on the board.
“Of course it is,” he said.
“We want to get our fans behind us, try to give them something to cheer about and try to get the positivity back in the place because we’re working too hard at the momoent to have the results that we’ve come up with. We’ll put that right.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up, go again and start to prepare for Saturday.
“It’s early days and we’re still piecing things together.
“To say you’re getting used to each other I think is a bit of an excuse. On Friday we showed we could move the ball from back to front.
“But obviously if you get in that 18-yard box at both ends you’ve got to make it count, whether it be defending with a clearance or trying to stick one in the back of the net.
“There is still plenty to work on. Friday was just a very disappointing night but we’ll put it to bed and learn from it over the next few days and then go again.”
* On-loan Blackburn Rovers forward Edinho Junior made his debut for Sussex side Whitehawk as they were beaten 3-0 by Maidenhead in their first game in the Conference South on Saturday.
Former Blackburn Rovers youth team striker Tom Hitchcock, the son of Kevin Hitchcock, scored a late winner on his debut for QPR in Saturday’s clash with Ipswich. Hitchcock moved to Loftus Road 18 months ago.
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