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Mowbray 'angry' with display despite cup progression

"I wanted them to go out there, move the ball around and score some goals, but it never really materialised"

13 August 2019

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Tony Mowbray admitted that he let his feelings known to his team following a lacklustre performance against Oldham Athletic in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Joe Rothwell was the man who rescued victory from the jaws of defeat against The Latics, who looked to be heading through before Stewart Downing's late equaliser in added time, prior to Rothwell's winner.

But it was a really disappointing display from the team, with the boss giving game time to a number of fresh faces and making 11 changes from the clash at Fulham just a few days earlier.

And speaking afterwards, a relieved Mowbray was left frustrated that so many of his side didn't take the opportunity with both hands against their League Two opponents.

“I was very angry at half time," an emotional Mowbray told iFollow Rovers after the game.

"You have pictures of how quickly you move the ball and how your team has to move it wide against a team that plays a 4-1-4-1 formation.

“It was so slow, so pedantic, so many silly passes, giving it away and letting them break on us.

"I would have said if we had not have won that people should blame me because I pick the team, but I think rotation is the right thing to do in the cup competitions.

“If you can’t play against Oldham at home then you shouldn’t be at Blackburn Rovers, in my opinion, whatever team we put out.

“Whilst it was a frustrating and disappointing night for me watching it, because I wanted them to go out there, move the ball around and score some goals, it never really materialised."

The second half substitutions proved to be the difference, with Bradley Dack equalising to make the score 1-1 before Rothwell's dramatic, late winner.

Rovers went back to basics and it certainly worked for Mowbray's men.

“We almost went back to how we have been playing for the last two years really in hitting Danny [Graham] with a diagonal pass and getting Dacky around him," the manager added.

“Incredibly, Dacky missed a one-on-one with the goalie and I’ve said to him after the game that I’ve never seen him miss a chance like that.

“We found a way to win on a night when lots of Championship teams bowed out. Let’s take the win and try and get ready for Saturday against Middlesbrough, when we’ll have to be a lot better than we were tonight.”

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