Lewis Travis highlights Blackburn issues after Leeds defeat

Jo Harrison
Lewis Travis

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Lewis Travis has given his thoughts after his side fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of league-leaders Leeds United on Saturday.

Patrick Bamford put the visitors in front after seven minutes but Travis and his side responded well – Sam Gallagher missed a glaring chance and Lewis Holtby saw his shot cannon of the post. Rovers were left ruing their missed chances when Kalvin Phillips curled in a beautiful free-kick before the break.

Adam Armstrong got the hosts back in the game with an equally stunning free-kick but Mateusz Klich restored Leeds’ two-goal cushion minutes later and the score remained 3-1.

That, Rovers’ third defeat in four since the restart, leaves them eight points adrift of sixth-placed Cardiff – meaning a late play-off surge would be a tall order for Tony Mowbray’s men.

Travis puts Rovers’ misfortunes down to being insufficient in both boxes, but assures supporters that the team will keep working hard and believes things will ‘click’ eventually.

“Everyone’s gutted that we’ve come out from the last three games with no points, which is not what we deserved in my opinion,” Travis said, speaking to iFollow Rovers ahead of their Tuesday night trip to Cardiff.

“We’re all devastated. Football’s about being good in both boxes and I don’t think we’ve been up to standard in our finishing or defending.

“If you look back at the games, especially the Wigan and Barnsley games, we’ve dominated the ball but haven’t been clinical enough.

“You can’t put all the onus on the attackers though because we’ve not been good enough defensively either.

“We want to be a controlling team who dominates possession because you’ll create more chances and can dictate the tempo of games, but it’s not quite clicked for us over the course of the last three matches.

“We can only keep working on the training pitch and in the games and hopefully it’ll all come together,”

“It’ll come if we keep working hard and improving. It’ll just click eventually.


“It was a massive chance for us, especially coming back and winning so well against Bristol City, but it’s just not happened for us this past week.”

Realistically, a win on Tuesday is a necessity if Blackburn plan on making their way back into the play-off reckoning. But over the course of just five games, they will be heavily relying on other teams to slip up.