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Boss: Rovers must cut out naivety
BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has told his side to wise up if they are to end their wait for a first away win of the season.
Bowyer had no complaints with the spirit and desire Rovers showed in going down 2-1 at high-flying Leicester City on Tuesday night.
But he admitted their naivety – they gifted the Foxes an early opener and conceded a contentious penalty right on half-time – will continue to cost them dear if they do not learn from their mistakes.
Bowyer said: “We’re a young team and we’ve got to learn quickly about how we defend away from home.
“I think we’ve made a promising start at home, now we’ve got to convert that form to our travels.
“It’s a new group and like I’ve said all along stability is the key word this season.
“But we’ve got to step up to the plate a little bit more now and stop making excuses.”
Bowyer felt referee Simon Hooper should have been ‘stronger’ after one of his assistants adjudged Tommy Spurr to have brought Ritchie De Laet down in the box in first-half injury-time.
David Nugent converted the resulting spot-kick and although Jordan Rhodes halved the deficit with a penalty of his own, Leicester held on for the win.
Bowyer said: “We shot ourselves in the foot with their first goal, with the way we gave it away, then it’s a big call right on half-time.
“I just felt the referee needed to be stronger.”
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