Brentford boss Uwe Rosler blames team for penalty miss

Brentford players

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler said the team were all to blame for the penalty miss which saw them blow the chance of automatic promotion against Doncaster.

Substitute Marcello Trotta insisted on taking the injury-time spot-kick but blasted his effort against the bar.

Rovers then broke away to score the winner and secure the League One title.

"The whole group had to respond because the whole group knew who I selected to take the penalty - which was Kevin O'Connor," Rosler told BBC London 94.9.

"As a whole group we have to make sure that message will be followed.

Brentford players after Marcello Trotta's penalty miss

"Trotta was not my first choice to take the penalty, but I'm not going to hang any individual out to dry. I'm not going to say anything more other than we will deal with this internally."

Rosler's side came into the game at Griffin Park knowing that victory against promotion rivals Doncaster would be enough to send them straight into the Championship at the expense of their opponents, who would have to compete for promotion in the play-offs.

With the match tied at 0-0 as the game went past the 90-minute mark, Toumani Diagouraga was fouled in the area to provide a great opportunity for the hosts to score the goal which would put them into the second tier of British football for just the second time since the end of World War II.

The chance was wasted in spectacular fashion, as Fulham loanee Trotta - who was not the designated penalty taker - crashed his shot against the woodwork and Doncaster broke up the other end to score with the last-kick of the game through James Coppinger.

That strike also secured Doncaster the League One title after previous leaders Bournemouth, who had made sure of promotion the previous week, could only manage a goalless draw at mid-table Tranmere and finished as runners-up.

Rosler, whose side now face a two-legged semi-final against Swindon Town, could not find the words to describe the feelings in the dressing room.

"It is very difficult to speak now about it," he added.

"We should go home and get it out of the system and from tomorrow we start again and then we will be OK. But at the moment it's very difficult under the circumstances after we didn't go up.

"We should have played more. We were nervous and some players didn't want the ball. We should have shown more bravery as a team to get the ball down.

"The first 20 minutes it's OK. After that I wish we played a more passing game because that is the only way you beat teams like Doncaster."

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