Paul Tisdale believes his Bristol Rovers gamers ought to have been “extra ballsy” after they had been crushed 2-0 by MK Dons on Boxing Day.
The Fuel went behind to a screamer from Ben Gladwin in first-half stoppage time at Stadium MK earlier than a poor kick from goalkeeper Jordi van Stappershoef was punished by Scott Fraser simply after the hour mark.
Rovers had been sluggish after the COVID-19 outbreak within the squad pressured them to self-isolate and never practice for 10 days earlier than Christmas, and so they suffered from absences of key gamers Anssi Jaakkola, Josh Grant, Erhun Oztumer and Zain Westbrooke.
The latter missed out after contracting the virus, whereas Jaakkola and Grant are nursing accidents.
However Paul Tisdale made no excuses at full time: he believes his crew ought to have supplied far more.
“It (the absences) didn’t assist, however we didn’t focus on that or fear about it,” Tisdale advised Bristol dwell.
“We simply tried to place gamers on the pitch and provides them a little bit of a quick.
“If we’re going to speak about midfield, as a result of we had gamers who had been lacking there, Ed Upson stood up and I felt he had sport. He actually tried exhausting and was on the entrance foot.
“The gamers behind them have to offer them an opportunity and push up. There’s nothing worse than being a midfield participant, particularly one coming into the facet like Cam Hargreaves, to be caught between two stalls of going ahead or again.
“The gamers behind need to take duty for these midfield gamers, and then you definitely push up the facet and the entire crew needs to be enjoying 5-10 yards additional up the pitch.
“It’s simple to speak about midfield as a result of there have been adjustments in there, however as a crew we must always have been extra ballsy.”
The defeat dropped Rovers to twenty th in League One, some extent away from the relegation zone with two video games in hand.
Tisdale was notably annoyed with Rovers’ first half efficiency, which mustered simply 29% of the ball and 0 photographs.
The supervisor was requested if he put Rovers’ efficiency all the way down to rustiness by way of an absence of coaching, however he believes they need to have confirmed higher intent on and off the ball.
“I’d in all probability use the phrase sluggish greater than rusty, however I do know what you’re driving at and I be in agreement of it,” he mentioned.
“I’m disenchanted by the very fact we didn’t impose ourselves on the sport within the first half. We let it occur. We weren’t too respectful of the opposition, however we wished to play intelligent and I’m undecided that’s us.
“We’ve obtained to be much more courageous with our positions and faster to the ball.
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“We by no means wished to take a seat off them, there was by no means any dialogue within the first half to be that crew and we had been that crew.
“We sat off, and I’m undecided that’s us. I’m undecided that’s the kind of crew we must always attempt to be.
“We will make tactical, technical and choice choices, however in the end the gamers need to go and be much more courageous and purposeful with their positions and the way they have an effect on the opposition.”