What Jon Dahl Tomasson said about Blackburn Rovers loss, injuries and fluctuating performance

Jon, what did you think of the performance?

We should be disappointed with the result and the performance. We played a good team which is on a good course. We can be very good if we are not passive and play with some touches that we have not made. We were frustrated to concede two goals on counter-attacks.

You will see that we are a young group with a lot of new players. They’re going through a transition so I’ll keep saying we’re going up and down. It’s frustrating because we want to create an environment where it’s difficult for teams to come to Ewood. Bristol City are in good form but it wasn’t that difficult for them.

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Was it another passive performance?

It’s normal when it’s a young group, we’re in transition and it’s a project. It will take time, I said that from day one. We have to learn quickly because we want Ewood to be a special place for our fans.

The third goal was a killer, wasn’t it?

Yes, the second half was much better. I always say ‘stay in the game’ and we didn’t stay in the game. We conceded so quickly and then we created chances after the goal.

What happened with their third goal?

I couldn’t see, there were bodies in front. I think it was the rebound that came in. I couldn’t see perfectly.

Half-time changes, injuries?

No. The team is stretched, so we needed new blood and energy in the team. I think Bradley started four games in 11 games, with his history, he hasn’t done that in years. He was tired, he is doing everything possible to get stronger. It’s normal.

It’s been a busy start, is a free week a blessing?

I said yesterday that we would be totally different after November during the break. We are going through a transition with young and new players.

Five or six unavailable, do you know who could be back?

We’ll wait and see next week. I hope we did well today and got some bodies back. Can’t be 100% sure but can’t say if they’re back but one or two might be.

Do you expect there to be ups and downs all season?

I think it’s normal that it can be like this for a long time. It’s like that when you start a new project and a lot of experienced players leave the club. It is a young and new group. Everyone wants to do well but I am very realistic. Our Rovers fans understand that.

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