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Two points dropped, says Charlie

The captain reflects on the 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough

9 December 2018

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Rovers captain Charlie Mulgrew was back in the goals on Saturday as Tony Mowbray's side drew with Middlesbrough at the Riverside, but said he felt the team should have won.

Mulgrew curled home his sixth of the season midway through the first half, only for substitute Britt Assombalonga to equalise in sensational fashion just after the hour.

Rovers had their chances both before and after Assombalonga's scorcher, most notably from Bradley Dack, who hit the post in the second half.

And Mulgrew was a little frustrated that Rovers didn't head back to Lancashire with more for their efforts in the north-east.

"We're looking at it as two points dropped, which shows how far we've come in the last 18 months," the skipper said to iFollow Rovers after the game.

"We had a lot of the ball but we didn't take out chances, they scored a worldie and I expect that Middlesbrough will be the happier of the two teams.

"If we got the second goal then there would have only been one winner. But they got the goal and I felt we reacted well, we kept going and didn't get our heads down. We created one or two opportunities but didn't put them away."

Another big moment was Mo Besic's sending off just seconds before Mulgrew's opener after he hauled back Dack when clean through on goal.

Boro boss Tony Pulis felt it was harsh, but Mulgrew reflected on what was the right call from Simon Hooper and his team.

"For me it was a sending off," the Scot added.

"It was a subtle tug but it was enough to take Brad off his stride. I thought the officials were great and I told them that after the game.

"The officials spoke to each other and got it right. It was a great decision and I felt they got the decisions right all day to be honest."

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