After the Rovers experienced an agonising 3-2 loss to AC Malden last Saturday which pushed back the hunt for our first league win of the season, Rovers coach Petar Dragin expressed his disappointment about the result as well.
"I think we were really good, dominating and controlling the game, especially in last 30 minutes of the first half, and first 25 minutes of the second half. We had some attack’s from training as well which was really nice to see," Petar said.
"Unfortunately we witnessed an old rule in football which says, 'When you don’t use your chances punishment comes'. The penalty definitely changed the game and later, because of the rain and flooded pitch, it was difficult to manage and create new opportunities to score. The lack of experience as well had an influence on the final result as we didn’t finish some 100% chances and several mistakes gave the opponents the belief to stay in the game."
While stats of the match were not taken, through video analysis it could be seen that the Rovers had most of the possession and created multiple chances to score but were let down by dusty finishing. The positive to take is that the Rovers players created many chances to score, and that by polishing that finishing touch we will be bagging goals soon.
Putting aside the opportunities created, the Rovers lacked full chemistry as still yet a new team, which Petar also mentions every training session and match. But he also recognises the strengths of the Rovers, a potential currently partially hidden but slowly starting to bloom.
"We need to improve the chemistry between the players. We are growing from game to game and are getting experience, but we need to cut basic mistakes and improve transition from attack to defence. Moreover, when we are in possession, we need to understand when to go forward and when to try to keep the ball. But the quality of individuals is the biggest strength at the moment, and we need to put them together to get a quality team."
'It will take time."