Date: 18th August 2016 at 7:36am
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Manager Owen Coyle was left speaking about another desperately disappointing day for Blackburn Rovers as they lost out to Cardiff City in the most recent match.

Travelling to the Cardiff City Stadium for Wednesday evening’s match, Blackburn found themselves two nil down inside of the opening 20 minutes with an own goal brace from Shane Duffy – and with two yellow cards leading to a red – the game didn’t end much better for him either.

Speaking to in his post game press conference, a disappointed Coyle explained.

‘It is a mixture of emotions and certainly frustration is one of them. We wanted to give ourselves a platform in the game to be able to pick up points in the league and again we haven’t done that. You can do all the preparation in the world and set yourself up and nobody is ever going to think you are going to score two own goals in the space of five minutes.’

He went on to say.

‘Up to that point we were comfortable in the game in terms of how we were doing against the ball, I still think we needed to do more with the ball in terms of threatening them. It could have been easy being 2-0 down with two own goals and haven’t not performed well in the first two league games to think here we go again, but I felt in the second half we showed a lot of heart and a lot of fight.’

And if there was a positive he could take from the game, it was the performance in the second half.

‘A number of the boys stood up to be counted, they kept pushing on, trying to be brave and create chances and we got our goal. Then all of a sudden we had two or three half chances for the equaliser. So there were some positive aspects to take from the game, but moving forward we have to give ourselves a chance.’

As for Duffy, with an own goal at the weekend as well as turning down a new deal with reported interest from Celtic, Coyle questioned his state of mind following the game.

‘I think that’s the million dollar question we always face with players. Coming into the club there’s a number of situations I’ve inherited. Shane, Ben Marshall…there have been offers that were rejected a couple of weeks ago. But what you have in the modern game is third party interest, somebody in one ear telling you one thing, someone else in the other ear telling you another. They have their heads turned and you’ve got to manage that in the modern game. When you step on that field you’ve got to be at your best and be at your maximum and, unfortunately, that’s not happened tonight.’

He added.

‘I’ve had chats with Shane, Ben and a few others that they’re in the right mind-set to go and play. Whether it’s a subconscious thing it’s not helping at the moment. The important thing for me is it’s going to have to be sorted one way or another. We’ve made an offer in good faith. It was an increased offer from the previous contract and obviously when you’ve got your representatives or agents they will have their own agenda. We just have to try and get through as best we can, but I will be glad when the window closes. We’ve got to sift our way through these issues and get players who represent the history and tradition of the club, because it’s a proud jersey to wear.’

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