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Boss gutted to only take a point

Tony Mowbray reflects following late heartbreak at Ewood Park against Aston Villa

15 September 2018

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Tony Mowbray reflected on a disappointing result following a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Ewood Park this evening.

Rovers were the better side throughout and once Bradley Dack scored with 15 minutes remaining, it looked like Mowbray's men would earn all three points.

But Villa scored with almost the last kick of a pulsating game; Conor Hourihane curling home a fabulous free kick to earn a point for Steve Bruce's side.

“I think what we saw today is what we produce most weeks. We might not be the best football team in the world but we have a big heart as a team and ask questions of the opposition," Mowbray said afterwards.

“I feel for the lads in the dressing room. They’re all really, really disappointed in there not to have taken the three points.

“Teams who come here may have some better players but they cannot beat the spirit we have in this team. We have a squad of players and we will now have to rotate the team with a busy next few weeks on the schedule.

“I said before the game that Villa are a really good side with a number of talented individuals and they showed that at times.

“They also have an amazing manager who has had plenty of success in this league and I’m sure Brucey will get things right because the quality is there in his squad.

“It’s a brilliant strike, credit to the player, but we feel the wall was maybe two players short. I’m not sure it’s a foul in the build up to it but that’s football.

“That’s two matchdays in a row where we have been done by a direct free kick and today it’s cost us two points. That’s something we’ll be working on at the training ground."


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