How to express linking an unfavourable incident that has happened to a particular reason or circumstance?

For example: A team lost a competition and is being consoled by their coach. Their coach consoling his team by linking the lost to their lack of experience.

How to describe what coach is doing?

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Considering that some (not necessarily unfortunate) occurrence happened due to something is ascribing the occurrence to something.

The coach consoled his team by ascribing the loss to their lack of experience.


(ascribe something to)
1 Regard something as being due to (a cause)

‘he ascribed Jane's short temper to her upset stomach’

‘The AP obituary says it was lung cancer and ascribes the disease to his smoking history, both of which I think are incorrect.’

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