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Cruel to lose it so late

27 August 2016

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Owen Coyle felt Rovers were the better side at Ewood Park and didn't deserve to lose against Fulham.

A 94th minute winner from Tom Cairney condemned Rovers to defeat when the point was the least they deserved.

"I felt the level of performance today was probably our best performance of the season," said Coyle on Radio Rovers after the match.

"We were up against a side that was unbeaten and full of confidence but we had a good shape to us, we worked very hard, and we were a danger when we went forward.

"I thought we shaded it with real goalscoring chances, whilst Jason Steele made a good save in the first half but apart from that we felt comfortable.

"So it is always cruel when you lose a late goal, but I've said to the players that if we can continue to give that level of performance and put so much into the game that our luck will turn in our favour.

"The two new lads, Hoban and Williams, came in and trained for an hour yesterday and stepped in and acquitted themselves very well.

"It was cruel, I thought the fans were outstanding today and really got behind the players and really backed them, and it is them, along with the players who put so much into it, that I feel for this evening."

The first team are back in action away at QPR after the international break, whilst the development squad take part in the new-look Checkatrade Trophy this Tuesday night at Fulham.

Fans going to see the Under-23s in action can pay on the night at the Highbury Stadium, prices are £20 for Adults, £10 for Seniors and £5 for Under-16s.

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