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Charlie: We had to right the wrongs

The skipper had ice in his veins to stick away two penalties against Reading to earn a point for Rovers

22 August 2018

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Charlie Mulgrew admits things simply had to improve after half time as he was the hero in earning a point for Rovers against Reading in an enthralling encounter at Ewood Park.

After Jon Dadi Bodvarsson had given the visitors the lead through two close-range finishes, Rovers had it all to do at half time.

But the lads showed character and spirit, and after Mulgrew smashes home a brace of penalties, the hosts searched for more, and can count themselves unfortunate not to have nicked a late winner.

And despite the comeback, the captain was disappointed to only draw against the Royals.

“We’re disappointed with the way we started but there was nothing we could do about it at half time and we had to put a few wrongs right. We showed no fear in the end and gave them problems," the Scot reflected after the game.

"In the end a draw was the fairest result. We’re disappointed not to have won it but we have to move on. 

“We know 2-0 is a bit of a dodgy scoreline and we knew we needed to score early in the second half to put them on the back foot. We all take responsibility with our start and will look into that, but the positive is coming back and showing our character. There’s a great spirit in the squad."
 
Whilst his first spot kick was thrashed down the middle, Mulgrew had something of a dilemma in deciding where to put his second with 15 minutes to go. So what went through his mind?
 
“I wasn’t going to smash it again," he admitted. "I just stepped up the second time, picked a side and was delighted to have scored it. Credit to the boys for forcing the first penalty and then I got one myself for the second goal. We’re just disappointed we couldn’t score another goal."
 

Don't forget, Rovers are back at Ewood on Saturday when Brentford come to East Lancashire in the Championship. You can back the lads by purchasing your tickets for the clash here.


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