“The Professionalism out of possession wasn’t good enough” – Gloucester City manager James Rowe unhappy with his side’s defensive display despite remaining unbeaten

Gloucester City extended their unbeaten run to seven games but manager James Rowe felt let down by the defensive errors racked up by his side.

The Tigers let slip a 3-1 lead to draw 4-4 against Bradford Park Avenue after defensive mistakes proved costly.

City conceded early on in both halves and Rowe highlighted his side’s defensive errors as the turning points in the match.

He said: “Good advert for the league. Eight goals scored. Disappointed to concede four but credit to Bradford.

“I could go through the whole game and the professionalism out of possession wasn’t good enough.

The Tigers took their total goal tally to 23 this season but are yet to keep a clean sheet after 7 games.

Rowe believes the concession of goals is a problem that he and his players are looking at and will rectify soon.

“We’re still unbeaten and we have scored four goals at home but we need to be a bit more professional out of possession and the players know that themselves,” Rowe said.

“We said our attitude needs to be better out of possession and it wasn’t again today. We’ll put it right there’s no doubt about that. We’ve got great characters in there and they’re kicking themselves.”

Matty McClure and Akwasi Asante managed to find the net again as they became the two leading goal scorers in the division, with Bernard Mensah also getting on the scoresheet.


Rowe praised his frontmen for their fine performances but he suggested they could do more.

He said: “As a front three to score four they’re doing their part but they have to defend better from the front as well.”

It’s a local derby against Hereford up next for the Tigers which Rowe says is “…another game for us towards where we want to be.”

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