Not good enough - Lewis Travis frontup after Stoke City defe
Wasnt good enough - Lewis Travis fronts up after Stoke City defeat
Not good enough - Lewis Travis fronts up after Stoke City defeat
Rovers captain Lewis Travis looks dejected at the final whistle
Lewis Travis says Rovers let themselves down in the defeat at Stoke City, stating: everyone to a man wasnt good enough.
Although it was only a second defeat in 2023 forRovers, Travis was most disappointed by how it came about as they fell well below their recent standards.
Rovers were 2-0 down at the break, shipped a third in the 75th minute before a late comeback saw goals from Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher reduce the arrears to 3-2.
Yet ultimately it wasnt enough, a disappointing night for Rovers and their 1,700 travelling supporters.
Fronting up after the game, captain Travis said: It was massively disappointing.
We let ourselves down, the fans down, but at the end of the day weve been on a good run and need to bounce back on Wednesday.
We need to look back at the game, because everyone to a man wasnt good enough.
We lost too many first and second balls, we all know we cant start a game like that because anyone in the Championship can put three goals past you.
We all know we cant start a game like that which was really disappointing.
Some respectability was added to the scoreline as headers from Brereton and Gallagher, in the final five minutes of the 90, saw the visitors threaten an unlikely comeback.
Ultimately, it wasnt enough, and Travis said: Thats how we can play, the end of the second half, but we need to do that for 90 minutes like we have been doing.
You cant start a game like that against any team in this league.
Rovers have the chance to respond in their final league game before the international break.
That comes at Ewood Park on Wednesday night when they host Reading.
Their grasp on a top six spot loosened after Saturdays results, combined with Rovers defeat, but a play-off spot is very much within their grasp with 10 games remaining.
Rovers will go into the game looking to lean on their home form that has seen them win 12 of their 17 Ewood matches, with five consecutive clean sheets.
The club have reduced ticket prices in a bid to increase the attendance, and Travis knows they will play a key part.
He told RoversTV: Every team gets beat, its about bouncing back and we have a game against Reading now that we need to bounce back in.
Its a massive game, you want to come back from the international break in the top six and in a strong position so its a massive game.
The fans need to get behind and the players need to put a performance in.
We need to bounce back and come back in the international break in the top six.
Travis praised the backing of the supporters, with a strong travelling contingent at the bet365 Stadium despite the freezing conditions.
I think the fans believe as well as the team, he added.
It was great to see at half time that after a terrible performance they were getting behind us.
The fans need to replicate that on Wednesday and give us the boost and then we need to go on the grass and do it.
Its a massive game for the club so the fans need to come in full force and we need to go out there and perform.
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