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Berg takes the positive despite Rovers' defeat to Millwall
9:19am Monday 26th November 2012 in Sport
Rovers boss Henning Berg insists if his side can become more clinical there will be plenty of positives this season.
Blackburn were beaten by 2-0 by Millwall on Saturday to drop out of the Championship play-off places but Berg believes his side are close to becoming the finished article ahead of back to back derbies against Bolton on Wednesday and Burnley on Sunday.
“We’ll have to work on the finishing to make sure that when we get into those good positions we score the goals,” said Berg.
“We did that against Peterborough and we would like to do that much more often.
“We could improve in terms of the final third. Our decision making in the final third can be better to give us even more chances.
“We get into good positions but decision making is lacking. That is something that we’ll have to improve.
“Offensively we have to find the right timing and balance in the through passes and the movement. We make some good runs but we didn’t use them.”
Only Barnsley have scored fewer home goals this season than Rovers and Berg knows full well that his side have to improve their finishing to get back among the lading pack in the Championship.
And he intends to have his side working hard ahead of the derby clashes with Bolton on Wednesday night and Burnley on Sunday.
“There is no days off before that game (Bolton) I can tell you,” Berg added. “We will have to make sure that our recovery is good and that we are all fine for the Wednesday game which we should be because these players are used to playing twice.”
The Norwegian knows that he needs to see his side become more ruthless and is calling for the cast of attacking players to help take the goalscoring burden of leading man Jordan Rhodes, who was often isolated against Millwall.
“He (Rhodes) is occupying two central defenders that gives a lot more space for other players like Ruben Rochina, Danny Murphy, Dickson Etuhu, Markus Olsson,” said Berg.
“The opposition can’t cover all those spaces. Jordan does a good job and makes sure he keeps them quiet. We need that bit of extra quality to find him in the last third and for other players to give him chances. We had a lot of half chances and were in good positions but we lacked that bit of cutting edge in the final third.”
Berg also felt substitute Josh King, who came on a second half substitute for his Rovers debut, showed promise.
“King did OK,” said Berg. “It’s his first game, he doesn’t know the players, he’s hardly trained with us, so we had to make sure he had a good look before he came on.
“With a little bit of luck he could have scored. it was a good debut.
“He showed what he could do. He has good pace and he gets into good positions in the box. He had two good chances. One was a good effort and one we need him to hit the target. At least he is getting into those positions but I think he did OK.”
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