Date: 20th October 2016 at 3:29pm
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A win was needed, with Owen Coyle gaining his first for Blackburn in the Championship since his arrival at Ewood Park after a two-one win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

The win, as Coyle himself told rovers.co.uk, was the main thing but the performance also pleased him.

What was missing at the weekend against Ipswich was certainly shown against Forest ‘in abundance.’

‘The most important thing was to win the game. We said after Saturday that four points from two games would be a good return. But what was very good about it wasn’t just the three points, I thought we were outstanding tonight. The level of play, the speed of movement, the incisiveness, the penetration that wasn’t good enough on Saturday was there in abundance tonight.’

Sam Gallagher’s first half double had Blackburn in control at half time, with two-nil the least Coyle felt Rovers deserved with further couple of goals probably warranted too with him bemoaning the ‘two clear penalties’ weren’t given.

As the match wasn’t ‘well beyond reach’ that gave Forest hope with Damien Perquis pulling one back in injury-time as Blackburn became ‘sloppy’ but the job was seen through with the part the fans played credited too.

‘Then in the final minutes we have conceded a sloppy goal to allow them into it, but the fans picked them up at 2-1 and made sure there were no nerves there. So I felt it was a wonderful night for everyone who came, the fans were vocal and they really pushed the boys on.’

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