Bristol Rovers' boss: Dreadful first-half display cost us
BRISTOL Rovers manager Mark McGhee refused to pull any punches after seeing his struggling side crumble during a disastrous first half at AFC Wimbledon.
A shocking first-half display saw Garry Kenneth put through his own net, Rashid Yussuff double the lead and Will Antwi put the Dons 3-0 up at half-time.
Tom Eaves hit back with a fine second-half strike, but a second yellow card for Tom Parkes killed off what little hope Rovers held of staging a comeback. And after being sucked closer to the relegation zone, McGhee admitted he was baffled as to why they failed to repeat the form of Saturday's defeat of Torquay.
"It was a dreadful first half, as soon as we let in a goal we seemed to lose our shape and our energy," he said. "It was such a lesser performance than Saturday, it's hard to explain.
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"At times, it was a step back to some of the football we played earlier in the season.
"They're a young group of players, but I think they need to learn and get better in certain situations.
"We came here with two up front as I expected they would get on the front foot and stop us getting forward. It was from the back to the front that it wasn't working.
"By the second half the game was 3-0, it was irrelevant that we won the second 1-0.
"It's very disappointing.
"They worked hard to stop us from playing. Teams are going to stop us from playing, but we can't say there's nothing we can do otherwise there's no chance."
McGhee's men must now pick themselves up, and try to get a few bodies off the treatment table ahead of Saturday's trip to Accrington.
"We don't know what to expect from Accrington, but they lost 1-0 tonight so they'll be hurting," he added.
"We had nine injured tonight before the game, but I still felt we had a side that could have won here had they performed to their ability. They didn't and we go into another hard game on Saturday with even fewer players.
"Tom Eaves scored another fantastic goal, and it keeps his goal-run going. Others within the team have got to do better."