Chris reviews the 2-0 defeat to Rotherham United
Chris Powell gave htafc.com his views after today’s 2-0 home reversal at the hands of Rotherham United:
“I’m angry and embarrassed. We quite clearly didn’t get going from the first minute. I can take losing if we put in a performance, but we quite clearly didn’t do that today.
“We started slowly and I thought our decision-making was poor. Joe Lolley was having some success and got our fans going, but as a team we weren’t there. We were nowhere near our last home performance.
“Rotherham quite clearly wanted it more than us today, and we cannot have that. We have to put in a performance over 90 minutes. We weren’t at the races, which has been the case three times this week. We can’t let that continue, because the fans don’t deserve it. You have to compete before you can show your skill and we haven’t done that.
“It wasn’t one or two – I can look at the whole team today, which isn’t great. There will be times when one or two players are off their game and the other nine or 10 drag them through, but we didn’t have that today. I’ll always do my best to back them, but I can’t after today’s performance.
“We missed players of the calibre of Nahki Wells and Harry Bunn today, who have scored over 20 goals for us this season; any team would miss that. However, that created opportunities for others. If you don’t take that chance when you have it, that doesn’t give me a hard decision.
“Every player’s position is now under threat, because we didn’t perform. I don’t want to make wholesale changes, but we didn’t do the blue and white shirt any justice whatsoever today. I can’t take one crumb of comfort from today.
“Now we really have to show each other and our supporters that we can come through what has quite clearly been a poor week for us; probably the worst week this season since I’ve been here.
“I don’t want my players to think everything is fine, because it clearly isn’t. We have a lot of quality, but we’re not showing it. We’ve set some good standards at times this season, but for the past three games we haven’t. That’s not good at the business end of the season.
“This was a game of some magnitude as we could have given ourselves a bit more daylight from Rotherham and the bottom three. We’re quite fortunate that the bottom three all lost, but let’s not shy away from anything – we’re still embroiled in the battle down there. We always have been.
“Maybe one or two people thought we were safe after beating Reading and going 12th, but football changes pretty quickly and it has for us. We have to really pick ourselves up and show a bit of character ahead of going to Birmingham.
“I don’t want our season to fall away, because we’ve had some very good moments. We need the consistency. Our fans want to see the team putting in a performance and a shift. We must do that, because we want them to come back next year! We’ve got to show them that we have the ability to play at this level. We have five big, tough home games left and we have to be ready for them.”