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ALAN STUBBS admitted Rotherham threw away two points in the 2-2 home draw against 10-man Wolves.

The former Celtic defender, making his debut in a competitive game after quitting Hibs following the historic Scottish Cup win, saw his team race into a two-goal lead in 20 minutes with Danny Ward and Will Vaulks on target.

The visitors came back to force a stalemate and Stubbs said: “Right now it feels like it is two points dropped rather than a point gained.

“Their two goals were sloppy and ones we should have prevented.

“However, there were a lot of positives to take. I thought we looked a real threat and went 2-0 up. Then I thought we started to make one or two wrong decisions, which didn’t reflect those of the first 25 minutes which got us a lot of joy.

“I was pleased with certain elements and a part of me was frustrated as we didn’t get a reward for the position we put ourselves in.

“We dropped too deep as the game went on and then we gave ourselves some problems.

“I am disappointed because we should have taken three points.”

On-loan Celt Scott Allan was an unused substitute as the Midlands side fought back with a strike from George Saville before Dominic Iorfa was sent off eight minutes after the interval.

A 65th-minute effort from Icelandic Euro 2016 star Jon Dadi Bodvarsson gave new Molineux gaffer Walter Zenga’s side an unlikely draw.

GARY CALDWELL admitted Wigan were outplayed in his newly-promoted side’s 2-1 defeat at Bristol City.

The former Hoops skipper made no excuses for the club’s false start following their quickfire return to the Championship.

He said: “We played very well in the first-half and deserved to be in front. But, after the interval, it seemed a case of when, not if, they were going to score.

“They have had the lion’s share of possession and in the end we could have no complaints.

“We didn’t play as we can or control the ball as we usually do. You want to get off to a good start and the second-half display was very disappointing. 

“Our wing-backs didn’t keep their full-backs from getting forward and our centre-backs didn’t deal with their strikers.

“The first-half was very positive and we can take a lot from it. If we had continued in the same way I couldn’t see us losing.

“Our squad looks light and we need to strengthen with some new faces who can add some quality at Championship level.

“The players we have need some help. We showed for 45 minutes that if we stick to our game plan we can do well, but we have to maintain our form for 90 minutes.”

TONY MOWBRAY wants his Coventry City players to adopt the killer touch in the new season.

The former Celtic boss was dejected after the Sky Blues lost 1-0 at Swindon in the opening League One game of the campaign.

Yaser Kasim scored with only four minutes remaining and Mowbray moaned: “Of course, you’re always downhearted after a defeat.

“You’re disappointed for the supporters who have travelled a long way and disappointed for the team who worked so hard.

“But there you go – if you don’t take your chances you can’t win matches.

“The performance was okay for the opening day of the season, but we need to be more ruthless in the top third of the pitch.

“We were playing a decent football team whose ball retention is good and yet we could have been 2-0 up inside five minutes.

“And I think that if we had scored first we would have gone on to win the game because they would have been forced to over-commit and we’d have waited on the change of possession.

“When you play Swindon they spread out and pass, but in my view they’re at their most vulnerable when they do that.

“The team took their instructions on board pretty well and I thought we controlled the game.

“We allowed them to have the ball at the back, didn’t press too high, and every now and then we created chances – perhaps half a dozen good ones.”

 
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