Jim: 'We lacked quality in vital areas'

DISAPPOINTED Blues boss Jim Magilton blamed too many players putting in below par performances for the single goal defeat at Doncaster Rovers.

Derek Davis

DISAPPOINTED Blues boss Jim Magilton blamed too many players putting in below par performances for the single goal defeat at Doncaster Rovers.

On-loan West Brom defender Shelton Martis nodded in Doncaster's winner to make it lucky 13 for the bottom club, after they had failed to win in their previous dozen games.

Magilton said: “In the past seven or eight games we have been very good but we had four or five below par performances today and as a result we lost the game.

“The quality of our play has improved but today we lacked quality in vital areas.

“We got bullied in the middle of midfield and over-run at times. We have enough experience and quality in there but unfortunately they were better than us in that department.

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“Doncaster are a good footballing side and they deserve credit for digging in. They worked hard to close us down and stopped us playing.”

Once more the goal against came from a set play, while Town's closest chance came when Richard Naylor headed an Owen Garvan corner against the crossbar.

Naylor skippered the side in the absence of Gareth McAuley, who pulled a hamstring in training before the match.

Magilton said: “Richard Naylor could have done better for their goal too. Richard Wright makes a great save to keep us in the game and really we are better than that.

“We seem to save our worst performances for Sky TV, which is unfortunate. It is disappointing to end that run we are on so what we have to do is get on another run.”