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Appleton hits out at Rovers players
6:37pm Saturday 2nd March 2013 in Football
MICHAEL Appleton blasted Rovers' first half display as "unacceptable" after seeing Rovers drop to 12th in the Championship with a 3-2 home defeat to Peterborough.
The Rovers boss was furious as his side allowed a Dwight Gayle hat trick in the first 27 minutes take the game away from them and admitted he was "astonished" by the attitude of some his players.
He said: "It answered a few questions with certain people today. I think what happened today has been the problem over the previous five months.
"It is a division that you can grind results out if you are disciplined and organised and willing to put a shift in.
"There weren't players in that first half, that, for me, looked as if they were motivated to try and win a game of football. If the rules had allowed I'd have made six or seven changes at the break rather than the three I did make."