FUMING Rotherham boss Alan Stubbs has ordered his players: “Cut out the mistakes.”
The former Hibs boss saw his team throw away three points in their 4-2 defeat against Owen Coyle’s Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
It was the home side’s first league win of the campaign to lift them off the foot of the table, just a point behind Stubbs’ team who slumped to 21st place.
The former Celtic star moaned: “We have to cut out basic, fundamental mistakes. I can’t think of any goals that we’ve conceded where teams have completely cut us open.
“We’re significantly contributing to our own downfall by making basic mistakes and we’re getting punished.
“It’s the manner of the goals that’s the disappointing thing. You’re just asking defenders to do their jobs.”
Former Celtic managerial candidate Coyle, though, was jubilant at his side’s fightback and said: “It was important we got the three points, but it was the manner of the performance and how we won.
“We started the game brilliantly, we could have been two goals up and from that we concede a counter-attack goal.
“It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves. But we continue to play the same way, whether we’re 1-0 up or 1-0 down. Even at 3-2, it would have been easy to get nervous.
“However, the players picked themselves up and we scored a wonderful fourth goal.”
Danny Ward gave the visitors the lead, but that was nullified by a great strike from Scotland international Craig Conway. Marvin Emnes, Ben Marshall and Sam Gallagher added others with Ward again replying for the Millers.
One point of interest for Celtic fans is that only the on-loan Scott Allan was involved in this match from the four recent departures from Celtic Park. There was no sign of Stokes or Mulgrew in the Blackburn squad and Darnell Fisher wasn’t included in Stubbs’ selection. Allan was substituted early in the second half.
Stubbs shouldn’t have been too surprised, though. Rotherham have lost 13 of their last 15 league visits and their last win at Ewood Park was in September 1979.
It all looks a long way from the Scottish Cup euphoria for Stubbs back in May when his Hibernain side came back from 2-1 to score twice in the closing minutes to secure a historic cup win for the Easter Road side and deny the 4 year old Ibrox side their first ever major honour.
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