Mowbray draws little comfort; Clough – We were tired

Date published: Saturday 25th February 2017 10:44

Tony Mowbray: Applauds Blackburn fans

Tony Mowbray’s tenure as Blackburn Rovers manager did not get off to a winning start after Marvin Sordell snatched a point for Burton in a 1-1 draw at the Pirelli Stadium.

Sordell, who Mowbray signed for previous club Coventry at the start of the season, fired home a 25-yard left-footed shot eight minutes into the second half to cancel out Matty Palmer’s own goal just after the half-hour mark, the Burton midfielder unfortunately glancing a Danny Graham corner into his own net.

Albion could have won it late on when Lasse Vigen Christensen’s efforts hit both posts before keeper Jason Steele grabbed the ball but defeat would have been harsh on an impressive Rovers side.

“My dressing room is sitting there disappointed that they haven’t taken three points,” said the new Rovers boss.

“We probably deserved more than a one-goal lead at half-time with the efforts that we had and the territorial advantage in the first half.

“I think you have to give credit to Nigel (Clough) for changing his (team’s) shape, changing the direction of the football match.

“We got a grip of it in the last 20 minutes and I thought if anyone was going to win it then it was going to be us. Then they nearly scored right at the death, hitting both posts. It would have been an injustice if we hadn’t taken something from this game.”

Mowbray also praised the travelling Rovers support who turned out in Staffordshire on a Friday night to see their side take on a fellow relegation rival.

“It took me aback the support for Rovers. The problems that this club apparently has, it was amazing support and I’m just disappointed that we couldn’t get three points for them.”

Clough was relieved to see his side maintain their unbeaten run, now stretched to three games, after being second best for long periods against a transformed Rovers side.

“After the first half it is definitely a point gained,” Clough reflected.

“I thought Blackburn were magnificent in the first half and we couldn’t get near them in any shape or form.

“We were hoping to get in [at half-time] 0-0 and even after they scored not concede a second they were that good. We looked tired. It’s been a hard week for us but we came out and changed it around a bit in the second half and deserved the equaliser.”

Clough was philosophical about Christensen’s effort that almost snatched the victory but admitted his side did not deserve the three points.

He said: “We were then an inch off winning it late on which we didn’t deserve to do – but it would have been nice.”

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