Owen Coyle hails Blackburn players after “important” win over Brentford

Date published: Saturday 19th November 2016 6:49

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle felt his whole team were worthy of praise after their 3-2 win over Brentford brought an “important three points”.

Sky Bet Championship strugglers Rovers made an awful start to the match when Scott Hogan raced through to score in just 33 seconds, but a Danny Graham brace saw the hosts leading by the 20th minute.

Brentford levelled thanks to Hogan’s second goal but Blackburn were handed what would prove to be the winner in the 38th minute when Harlee Dean put through his own goal.

Despite many strong individual performances – especially from two-goal hero Graham – Coyle instead focused on the collective as Blackburn claimed only their second victory in their last eight games.

He said: “I’m so pleased for the players, the fans, because it would have been easy losing a goal after 30 seconds to feel sorry for ourselves, but nothing could be further from the truth.

“We kept persevering with our quality of play and get ourselves in front at 2-1 and we tried to add to it. When you don’t get that goal, at the level we operate, you can get punished.

“Having got in front and looking good to add to it, we find ourselves at 2-2 and have to pick ourselves up again, which we do.

“There was a lot to be pleased about. I’m just delighted how we went about it. It’s an important three points.”

He added: “They’re (Brentford) a very good side and that’s a side that will cause anyone problems and I thought for huge periods, particularly in the first half, we made them look very ordinary.

“Second half, they showed they have a bit about them and we had to be on our mettle defensively. So that was pleasing that we really dug in in that last period, but were always dangerous on the counter attack.

“All in all the most important thing today was to get the three points.”

Brentford pushed for an equaliser but despite moving the ball well after the break, found a resolute Rovers defence in their way. It means they have now only won one in their last seven.

Bees manager Dean Smith was disappointed at the “helping hand” his team provided for Blackburn’s goals but felt performances like those in the second half will turn their fortunes around.

He said: “I just felt that we gave them a helping hand with the goals. We didn’t defend the second phase of a corner well enough. They overloaded the back post. Daniel’s (Bentley) made a great save but they reacted quicker.

“The second goal, we get done with a one-two and go to ground in the box. And the third goal, Egs (John Egan) gets caught out, and then we don’t delay the lad crossing it and Harlee doesn’t sort his feet out quick enough, so we certainly gave them a helping hand.

“It’s a concern that we’ve conceded three goals because that’s very unlike us. We’ve kept seven clean sheets this season. We went with a more attacking formation today because we haven’t been converting our chances over the last few games.

“But I can’t fault them second half and if they keep giving that, they’ll get back to winning ways.”

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