Date: 8th March 2015 at 2:18pm
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Manager Chris Powell admitted he was angry and embarrassed at the full time whistle in our two nil loss to Rotherham United yesterday.

Having called for a reaction from the players following the loss to Brentford, Powell didn’t like what he saw from the players and he certainly wasn’t happy to see the slide slip to a third straight defeat.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game he explained.

‘I`m angry and embarrassed. We quite clearly didn`t get going from the first minute. I can take losing if we put in a performance, but we quite clearly didn`t do that today. We started slowly and I thought our decision-making was poor. Joe Lolley was having some success and got our fans going, but as a team we weren`t there. We were nowhere near our last home performance.’

Powell goes on to admit that a big disappointment for him was that Rotherham just wanted the victory more than the players did on the day and he ‘cannot have that’ or accept that as an attitude from the players.

‘We have to put in a performance over 90 minutes. We weren`t at the races, which has been the case three times this week. We can`t let that continue, because the fans don`t deserve it. You have to compete before you can show your skill and we haven`t done that.’

He also knew it wasn’t just an off day for a couple of players, it was the majority of the team and again that can’t be acceptable moving forward even though he concedes that at times every player will have an off day but that’s when their colleagues step up and get them through it.

‘I`ll always do my best to back them, but I can`t after today`s performance. We missed players of the calibre of Nahki Wells and Harry Bunn today, who have scored over 20 goals for us this season; any team would miss that. However, that created opportunities for others. If you don`t take that chance when you have it, that doesn`t give me a hard decision.’

Powell went on to say that given the overall performance of the players, each of them is in doubt of being picked again now as although he doesn’t want to make wholescale changes or overreact.

‘We didn`t do the blue and white shirt any justice whatsoever today. I can`t take one crumb of comfort from today. Now we really have to show each other and our supporters that we can come through what has quite clearly been a poor week for us; probably the worst week this season since I`ve been here. I don`t want my players to think everything is fine, because it clearly isn`t. We have a lot of quality, but we`re not showing it. We`ve set some good standards at times this season, but for the past three games we haven`t. That`s not good at the business end of the season.’

He ended his interview by saying that we can’t let the season fizzle out and he has no idea if the players were off the ball because they thought we were safe from relegation now, but clearly that’s not the case and for him we are still right in the mix and the other way of changing that is by winning more games and opening up that gap at the bottom as this weekend he acknowledged we got lucky in some ways because of the results elsewhere.

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