Date: 7th November 2016 at 11:02am
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Blackburn saw a lead at Villa Park swiftly overturned before going on to lose two-one at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Owen Coyle admitted soft goals were costly but felt a point was at least warranted, telling rovers.co.uk.

‘I thought that for huge periods of the game we were terrific. We bossed the game and were certainly were the better team for a long time. We then score a wonderful goal to get ourselves in front, at a time when they were probably having their best spell.’

Sam Gallagher headed Blackburn into a second half lead but within minutes Aston Villa were level when Jonathan Kodjia scored from the penalty spot with the same player then winning it for Villa.

Coyle went on to talk about a need to ‘stand up and be counted’ when ahead against a team like Aston Villa and certainly no giving away ‘easily avoidable’ goals, which clearly didn’t happen at the weekend.

When Aston Villa got the penalty Coyle thought Jack Grealish was ‘looking for any sort of contact’, which is fairness a Blackburn player would have, and Gordon Greer provided it but ahead of the penalty he felt Craig Conway was fouled ‘but the referee has missed it.’

He looked to the positives but knows ultimately the defeat, which was the ‘hurtful thing’, is all that will be recalled.

‘We aren’t sitting here saying that a team that has cost 60-70 million has out-played us, far from it as we have bossed the game for huge periods. But when all said and done, we are left with no points, we’ve given up two soft goals and that is the hurtful thing right now.’

A third successive defeat isn’t the way we wanted to go into the international break at all is it!

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