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A game of two halves, reflects Darragh

The defender returned to the side at Villa Park, and felt there were positive signs despite the defeat to Aston Villa

31 March 2019

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Darragh Lenihan felt Rovers would have got something out of Saturday's encounter against Aston Villa had they played as they did in the second half for the full 90 minutes.

Tammy Abraham's early opener got the ball rolling for Dean Smith's side, who forced Rovers to ride the storm for the first 45 minutes.

But after Tyrone Mings made it 2-0 on the hour mark, Rovers rallied and pulled a goal back through Amari'i Bell.

Tony Mowbray's side had plenty of the ball and pinned Villa back in the late stages, but it wasn't enough to earn a point on the road.

"They came out of the blocks very fast and they're probably one of the best teams we've played," the Irishman reflected to iFollow Rovers.

"Especially with this manager, we knew how he plays from Brentford and I thought they were excellent.

"We just kept the belief. One goal down going into the second half we just said keep it tight and the second goal was a blow but we kept going and got a goal.

"We had them on the ropes for the last 25 minutes after getting a goal.

"It was one of those games where they had the upper hand and we had to keep it tight. They had chances but didn’t take them.

"I thought we defending as best we could to keep them out. When we got our goal we kept pushing and pushing. And we showed how good we are on the ball but I think we just need to do that on a regular basis."

And the 25-year-old added that Rovers can take heart from their display against the play-off-chasing Midlanders.

"We’re a good team and we have to understand that we have some good players and we’ve shown that against one of the best teams in the league today," he said.

"Who says we can’t do that week in week out? That’s what we need to make sure we do that as a team.

"We had a good chance but we just didn't create that killer chance to get that goal and that’s the biggest disappointment for all the possession we had late on, we just didn’t create that final chance."

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