Date: 22nd August 2016 at 12:53pm
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Manager Owen Coyle was certainly a happier man at the full time whistle in the Burton Albion game at the weekend, but there was disappointment.

Hosting the newly promoted side at Ewood Park for the game, Blackburn took a two all draw on the day and Coyle knew it really should’ve been the first victory of the Championship season for us.

Speaking to Rovers.co.uk in his post game press conference, Coyle was also extremely full of praise for debutant Scott Wharton who filled in for the suspended Shane Duffy.

‘Scott Wharton came in and he was terrific. I thought he was outstanding, he was a credit to himself and his family. It shows the good work that is being done down at the Academy which we are always trying to promote. The kid will learn from the match, he was outstanding in the game and I am really pleased for him. He stood up to the challenge. You never know until you put them in if they are going to handle it, and Scott Wharton did. He should be proud of himself.’

He added.

‘I thought the fans were terrific for him, every time he made an interception, a header or a good pass, the fans were with him 100%. So I’d like to thank them for that because it is immense for a young player to know they have the backing of the Blackburn Rovers fans.’

As for the performance itself, he explained.

‘I don’t think there is any doubt that we put enough into the game to win it. It was hard fought, we knew Burton would come and be very direct so we had to deal with that. But I thought we looked lively and dangerous, we scored two very good goals and created some other very good chances. But football can be a cruel game, to lose the goal so late as we did, we feel a little bit hard done by.’

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