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Boss: We deserved to win

The Blues were forced to settle for a point against Northampton on Saturday

27 January 2018

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray feels his side were unlucky not to come away with all three points against Northampton on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors took the lead against the run of play during the first half at Ewood Park and frustrated Rovers thereafter, despite Danny Graham's 75th-minute equaliser.

Speaking after the game, Mowbray says he has "no criticism" of his players, and believes they deserved to win.

"We knocked on the door a lot and restricted Northampton to very few chances, they maybe had one in the second half," he said.

“It was frustrating not to get what we deserved from the game because we worked extremely hard.

“I’m disappointed. We were miles better today than we were against Northampton [in the reverse fixture] last month.

“It happens in football, you can’t score three every week. We got the ball into good enough positions to score today, but it didn’t fall for us and that’s the way it went.

“It’s really difficult when you’re playing against a defence with every man in the box.

"I thought Amari’I showed the talent he possesses and I lost count of how many balls we put into their box.

“There’s no criticism of the team from me at all today, to be honest. I think it was a fantastic effort and the performance level was really high, higher than in a lot of games, but that’s football.

“There are a lot of games to come and we have to keep going."

Amari'i Bell came on to make his debut following an injury to Charlie Mulgrew and was later named Man of the Match for his display on the left flank.

“You try to find weaknesses in the other team and we found one down the right, so we attacked them on our left-side," Tony added.

"But, credit to them, they blocked it up and had a physicality about them, which is what we expected. Ultimately, we didn’t get the rewards that our positive play deserved.

“I think we were dominant during the first half as well, it just didn’t break for us. You have to take days like these on the chin, you can’t win every game.

"We deserved to win today but credit to Northampton, we felt we were in control and that’s what’s frustrating."

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