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It could prove to be an important point

21 January 2017

Owen Coyle felt Rovers did enough to merit all three points, but was happy to settle for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at Ewood Park.

Rovers rallied from the shock of going behind to a third minute penalty to grab an equaliser on the stroke of half-time through Danny Graham.

The home side had the better of the chances in the second half as Hope Akpan and Sam Gallagher went close, but in the end they were grateful for a fine save from Jason Steele to ensure the points were shared.

"I do feel aggrieved not have the three points despite having to come from a goal down so early," Coyle told Rovers PlayerHD.

"From the position we were in three minutes into the game to give away such a soft penalty, although Jason has nearly saved it.

"But we tweaked it a little bit, really grew into the game and dominated it from there on in and scored a wonderful goal. The move was of outstanding quality.

"In the second half we had real momentum with one two chances to win the game. But importantly there have been a number of occasions where we've been caught with the sucker punch, so it was important that we made sure that we didn't lose that game. 

"So as much as we wanted three, it might turn out to be an important point this season."

Rovers are back in action next Saturday when they take on Blackpool at Ewood Park in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

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