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We deserved more, says Mowbray

The boss feels his side were unlucky not to at least force a replay against Hull City

6 January 2018

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray felt fortune didn't favour his side after bowing out of the Emirates FA Cup against Hull City at Ewood Park.

Ola Aina's header proved the difference in East Lancashire despite Rovers shading the game and having chances to force a replay - at least.

Substitute Danny Graham had a couple of late opportunities and Derrick Williams went close too, but Rovers' 18-game unbeaten run came to an end, much to Mowbray's disappointment.

“We didn’t want a replay but I think we did enough to score a goal, particularly the last half an hour," the boss reflected after the game.

“After a pretty good first 10 minutes where we created a few opportunities and chances and it was difficult for a lot of the rest of the first half and the first bit of the second half as you could see and feel their quality on the pitch.

“Yet bringing some more experienced footballers on swung the balance our way and we’re disappointed not to have scored a goal but not disappointed to not have a replay.

“I’m not sure how many clear-cut chances they had. They didn’t really look like they were going to score even though they know what to do with the ball, they worked it in to areas yet I didn’t feel that threat at the top end of the pitch.

“We created chances, we had opportunities to score at least one goal, but it wasn’t to be."

Rovers can now focus all their attention on the remainder of the League One campaign, and Mowbray has called for his side to raise their game for what should be an exciting second half of the season.

“I’m not overly disappointed to go out of the cup but if I’m honest we have 21 cup finals to play and we have to really focus on them."

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