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Defending disappoints Di Matteo
Published : 22 Feb 2010 12:09:34Rss feed
Boss calls for rearguard improvement Roberto Di Matteo admitted his anger and disappointment after Albion let a one goal advantage slip as the Baggies suffered their first defeat away from home since September. Graham Dorrans gave the visitors the lead at half time before a below par second half display saw Albion concede twice in four minutes and throw away the points. Sloppy defending on both goals left the Baggies boss frustrated after Albion missed the chance to go back into the automatic promotion places. Di Matteo is now hoping to bounce back to winning ways against Reading in the FA Cup on Wednesday but admitted he’ll be focusing on Albion’s build up. "We don't like to lose and I don't think we should have lost today - but credit to Bristol,” the Italian said. "Let's hope we can rebound and show our full strength. "We'll talk about this game and analyse the mistakes we've made. "But there is not much time because the next game is coming up on Wednesday.” He added: “"I am disappointed and angry because we wanted to get a positive result here. "Once you're in the driving seat, it's really disappointing to give it away. "We were quite comfortable until they equalised. "At 1-0, you are always a bit concerned because the opposition can score. "We knew the next goal would be an important one. "I don't think they were threatening much before they scored from the corner. "We should have defended better and made it more difficult for the opposition to score. "To concede from a set-piece is disappointing. "It gave them confidence and lifted the crowd. "I thought the game changed a little bit after they equalised because up to that point we were quite comfortable. "Conceding within the space of five minutes after that was very bad. "Danny Haynes caused us a few problems with his pace but it was poor that we got countered on, especially away from home. "But the equaliser was the most important goal in this game. "Had they not scored from a set-piece, they would have had to work very hard to get a goal. "We had a few half chances to equalise but didn't quite manage to create clear-cut opportunities to level."
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