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We gave away soft goals

5 November 2016

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Owen Coyle was disappointed that Rovers were unable to leave with Villa Park with something from the game after Aston Villa came from behind to claim the victory.

Rovers lead through Sam Gallagher's early second half header, but a brace from Jonathan Kodjia - the first coming from the penalty spot - condemned Coyle's side to defeat.

The manager felt Rovers did enough in the match to at least earn a point, but admitted that they should have done better with the goals they conceded.

"I thought that for huge periods of the game we were terrific," said the Rovers boss.

"We bossed the game and were certainly were the better team for a long time.

"We then score a wonderful goal to get ourselves in front, at a time when they were probably having their best spell.

"But when you get in front at Aston Villa that is when you have to stand up and be counted and we have given away soft goals today. Goals that are easily avoidable.

"Grealish is running across the box looking for any sort of contact and Gordon has stuck a leg out and it is a penalty. But in the build-up Adomah has fouled Craig Conway but the referee has missed it.

"At 1-1 there is still everything to play for, but second goal, it is a great finish, but from our point of view it is an avoidable goal.

"We aren't sitting here saying that a team that has cost 60-70 million has out-played us, far from it as we have bossed the game for huge periods.

"But when all said and done, we are left with no points, we've given up two soft goals and that is the hurtful thing right now."
Rovers aren't back in action after the international break until Brentford visit Ewood Park on Saturday 19th November.

So why not come down and cheer on the future Rovers stars in the Checkatrade Trophy group match against Oldham Athletic at Ewood on Tuesday November 8th - kick-off 7.30pm.

Advance ticket prices for the match are just £5 Adults, £2.50 for concessions, whilst Juniors aged under 12 can get in for free with a paying adult.

Fans can pay on the day but should note that matchday prices are £10 Adults, £5 for concessions and £2.50 for Under-12s.

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