Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rovers Were Better at the Basics, Says Caretaker

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rovers Were Better at the Basics, Says Caretaker

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BLACKBURN ROVERS 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 0 MARK Venus admits his side must get back to basics if they are to climb the table - and if he is to get the Middlesbrough job.

The Riverside caretaker boss was left disappointed after his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Blackburn in a rain-lashed game that was a massive reality check.

Hartlepool-born Venus, promoted from the assistant's role after Tony Mowbray was sacked, was buzzing after his dugout debut saw Boro turn on the style in a 4-0 televised home win over Doncaster Rovers.

But he was brought right back down to earth as Boro were beaten by Jason Lowe's goal at Ewood Park.

"It was a pretty scrappy game, to be honest, " he said. "It was a tough match between two teams working hard that was decided by a great strike.

"I'm disappointed. Not angry. I'm disappointed that we went to Blackburn on the back of a good performance against Doncaster but didn't get anything.

"I'm not knocking any of the players for their effort. I thought they all worked really hard and there were a lot of tired limbs after a tough game.

"In this league you have to do the basics well in the important areas in every single game. If you don't then you lose the match. And that's what happened at Blackburn.

"We need to get the basics right - controlling the ball, clearing danger in our box, passing the ball, making the right decisions, putting the ball into dangerous positions to create more chances."

Boro were industrious enough in a closely-fought game against a Rovers side who had taken just one point in three games.

They battled and tackled and closed down with real bite - four Boro players were booked - but in attack they were laboured and predictable and failed to trouble Rovers keeper Jake Kean.

For all their possession Boro's only real effort came from a Kei Kamara header that was palmed behind. …

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