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Blackburn Rovers caretaker Black calls for improvements
A FRUSTRATED Eric Black insists Blackburn Rovers “should” have beaten Derby County at Pride Park – and admitting “a lot” of things need to improve to achieve promotion.
Rovers’ caretaker boss conceded the sooner a managerial decision was made by owners Venky’s the better but said that was no excuse for the manner in which they surrendered their lead.
Theo Robinson’s 89th minute strike cancelled out Jordan Rhodes’ first half opener as a poor second half display saw Black’s men lose further ground in the promotion race.
He said: “I agree the sooner a decision is made the better but they have to get the right decision. It is no excuse though, I can guarantee the players won’t use it as an excuse.
“I am really disappointed we haven’t won. I thought the first half performance was okay, I thought there were decent signs and there was a decent balance.
“But the second half, after 15 minutes, I thought we dropped into that lull. It is very, very frustrating. I thought with the players we had, we should have won the game. I am extremely disappointed we haven’t.
“We dropped and dropped, didn’t retain possession of the ball and as a result pressure comes on. We tried to change it to get further up the pitch but it didn’t happen.
“I am disappointed because I felt the second half performance dropped into something I was really uncomfortable with. I think I know the reasons for that. I’m not prepared to air those publicly but I know the reasons and we have to resolve them.
“I’m not going to talk about individuals but I aware and honest enough to see what you have all seen and that is something we have to change. If we are going to get ourselves in the promotion positions, we have to be winning games like that.”
Black also stood by his decision to drop skipper Danny Murphy to the substitutes bench and replace him with David Dunn, with Morten Gamst Pedersen also returning to the starting line up.
“I thought Dunny did really well,” he said. “Considering he hadn’t played for so long, I thought he contributed well. He was obviously going to run out of energy but he played his part.
“I felt we needed to change the dynamics. Murph accepted that like the top pro he is. He is still a big, big part of us going forward.
“It was a fabulous strike from Jordan Rhodes to give us the lead and something we all know he is capable of. He is a top finisher and we will continue trying to put him in a position where we can get the best out of him.
“There are a lot of things I think can be improved. I think there are a few aspects we need to alter.
“I don’t think it is complacency. In the cold light of day it is probably not a bad result but we have to be better at closing games out.”