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'Could well have been a win'

23 November 2013

Adkins' Blackburn verdict

Boss Nigel Adkins says we could well have taken all three points from a classic 'game of two halves' away to Blackburn.

Rovers had the upper hand in the first half, hitting the woodwork with a deflected effort before Alex McCarthy made an important save. But then with two positive substitutions at half time, Adkins' team took control of the game and should have had a penalty, as well as seeing a great chance go begging soon after.

As the away side we can be relatively satisfied with a point, but with a nagging annoyance we didn't have more.

The boss said, "We've come away from home, got a clean sheet and a hard-earned point which on another day could have been three.

"We lost Hal Robson-Kanu just before the teamsheet went in, we had to make a quick adjustment, did it affect us, I don't know.

"At half time we made two changes and Hope Akpan & Danny Williams came on, injected some energy. Danny has been out for 12 weeks so it's good to have him back, he's been working hard like all the players.

"Everyone upped their game in the second half and we got ourselves forward. Chris Gunter is as honest as the day is long and in my honest opinion it's a penalty all day long. The referee didn't see it like that, so it's frustrating for everyone.

"So we picked up a point, which is important. There's no easy games in this division, and as Gary Bowyer has said recently, Blackburn have been playing well. We knew it would be a challenge but we've got something and we ended the game strongly.

"First half I wasn't as pleased as I want to be, but we changed it around and got on the front foot. Kaspars had a great opportunity to score, and also if you expect to totally dominate any game you're mistaken in this division."

Our back four were playing together for the very first time today, and after the previous away result at Sheff Wed, a clean sheet was a welcome bonus.

Looking ahead, the boss continued, "Overall we want to stay in the race and this is the start of a period of games running right through to January. We've come away from home to a former Premier League team with a wage bill that has been well documented, and picked up something. Like I say on another day it could well have been three."

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