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Boss left frustrated after Ewood draw

Tony Mowbray believes Rovers should have earned all three points against the Millers

10 November 2018

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Tony Mowbray felt his side deserved more than a solitary point in the 1-1 draw against Rotherham United, but also credited the Millers for some dogged defending.

Bradley Dack's tenth goal of the season rescued a point for the visitors just five minutes after giant forward Michael Smith nodded the Yorkshire side in front.

And despite dominating the second 45 minutes, Rovers couldn't find another way past Slovakian stopper Marek Rodak in the Rotherham goal.

"You have to give them some credit. They defended very resolutely, they had lots of men behind the ball and they were always a threat with the big lad up front," Tony said after the game.

"Some games you can feel like you're in control and it just doesn't come. We created so many chances today, so many near misses. That's the disappointment.

"If it had been a really tight game with not many shots and they defended well I'd be saying that we weren't good enough to break them down, but we were good enough today.

"I thought we created lots of chances, we recognised that Adam Armstrong was a threat, we got him the ball, he goes past people and cuts it back.

"We recognised that Ryan Nyambe was a threat when he came on as well, getting in behind them.

"So we worked the wide areas really well. They are strong in the middle and they dealt with most things, but thankfully Bradley Dack found a yard in the six-yard box and scored.

"But I think back to two cleared off the line in the space of five seconds and hitting the bar and I thought their keeper made some great saves," Mowbray added.

"Bradley had a one-on-one, Amari'i Bell had a one-on-one, Danny Graham had a one-on-one, and their keeper managed to keep them all out.

"So a frustrating day for us. Let's put the point in the bag and take the positives that we know that we can build up that sort of pressure on Championship teams. 

"I think we deserved to win. I'm happy with the performance level of the team - I'm not happy with the result.

"What I do know is if we play like that most weeks at home we're going to win a lot of games." 

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