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We deserved something from the game

10 December 2016

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Owen Coyle was left to rue a key refereeing decision as Rovers lost out to Preston in a five-goal thriller at Deepdale.

Rovers twice came from behind thanks to a brace from Danny Graham, but Callum Robinson snatched the victory for the home side with ten minutes to go.

But whilst the manager felt Rovers deserved something from the game, he was left incensed that they weren't awarded a second half penalty when Corry Evans was brought down in the area. A decision that could have changed the course of the game.

"I always like to think I'm honest and fair in my assessment of games, but the Corry Evans moment is such a big moment in the game," said the manager after the match.

"It is as clear a penalty as you'll see. The lad has made no attempt to play the ball at all, it should have been a red card as well. It is a huge decision and one that we feel aggrieved by.

"I thought Preston started better than us, then we got to grips with it in the last 15 minutes of the first half when I felt we were the team in the ascendency.

"We took that into the second half and we then score a wonderful goal, it was great football from us to get it to 2-2.

"But then we really shouldn't be giving up a third goal, we can't be coming to Preston and conceding three goals.

"The second half we looked more like ourselves, how we passed and moved the ball, so it is hard to leave with no points as we felt we merited something from the game.

"We were backed by a marvellous travelling support who backed the players all day long and I think the players responded to that.

"We'll pick ourselves up, take our medicine and be ready to bounce back."

Rovers are back in action this Tuesday night when high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion are the visitors to Ewood Park.

Tickets are currently on open sale priced from £18 for Adults, £12 for Seniors aged 65 and over, £12 for 18-21 year-olds and from just £7 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Book online today at, in store at the Roverstore at Ewood Park, or via our call centre on 01254 372000.

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