Kevin Blackwell reacts to the 2-1 defeat at the Kassam StadiumSpeaking after the 2-1 defeat at Oxford, a very frustrated Kevin Blackwell spoke of taking chances when dominating games. Although critical of the result, Blackwell was more than happy with the performance, yet wants to see his side rewarded for the dominance being shown
‘On the balance of play, we’ve lost a game that we should have won. I don’t think you can do much more as a manager and as a coach to prepare your team. We knew it was going to be tough and the second half was near enough one way traffic from us. It was disappointing to concede the goal just before half time but we came back and showed terrific character. We’ve totally dominated the game and just not been able to finish off the approach play.
Their keeper has had plenty to do, but not enough from the strikers. He had a lot of clearing up to do because he was under pressure but he had nothing really that the strikers could say they made him work hard and that’s what’s disappointed me.
Now we have to get back on the bus and get home, but we have to take something from games like this if we want to be up at the top end of the table, but I am being critical because we keep talking about a team that we have built in six weeks, they have been together six weeks yet look what they are doing.
We’ve been done on two set pieces. The first one was pathetic. Unfortunately you can get done now by saying something about referees. It’s hard when you work hard all week and you see something like that. It was a nothing foul and just disappointing. Any manager wants decisions to be equal.
It’s not about the referee, it’s about what we did do and what we didn’t do, we’ve created enough chances and then we’ve conceded from another set piece. It’s an absolute crime. The referee booked Nathan Cameron for the foul, yet if we are talking about consistency - why book him. That decision at the end of the day comes down to refereeing and consistency. If he deserved the yellow card, then fine I haven’t got a problem with that, it’s the consistency of refereeing that frustrates me. Nathan took a lot of stick from players all afternoon and there is a little bit of an injustice in it all, but Nathan will be fined two weeks wages for getting sent off.
The referee doesn’t know what he said, apparently it’s all about the way you approach people now. It’s the interpretation of one man that can destroy another. It’s a lesson for Nathan and he will learn from it
I don’t want to pick any of the lads out, it was a game that we were dominating, and we were comfortable in the game. When they went in front, we were comfortable, there was nothing. Rob Lainton had one save to make, there was nothing in it.
We’ve conceded six goals in three games, yet the keeper has had one save to make in those three games. That’s what frustrates you. Rob has had nothing to do only pick the ball out of his net six times.
I know it’s frustrating, and I know we’ve only had these lads six weeks, but when you see games like that and how much dominance we had, then it does become frustrating for all of us.’
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