Date: 7th January 2018 at 8:11am
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Blackburn will now fully focus on the main objective – which has always been the priority – of League One promotion following an FA Cup exit in the third round against Hull City.

Rovers, who had to come through the early rounds for the first time in living memory for many advance from the first and second rounds but Championship side Hull did enough to secure a 1-0 win at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Having seen Paul Caddis’ first half effort hit the crossbar, denying Blackburn the lead Hull’s winner came in the second half when the Tigers on-loan Chelsea man Ola Aina headed home.

Tony Mowbray doesn’t have any regrets about his team selection and as much as he wanted a result in this tie the boss knows promotion from League One is unquestionably what he has been tasked to achieve.

He was quoted post-match by the BBC: ‘Our main target is to get out of this division and win league matches, so (Richie) Smallwood, probably our best player this year, wasn’t even in the 18. Ultimately it’s gone the other way but I’ve got no regrets on the selection of the team.’

Yes, Mowbray was disappointed Blackburn couldn’t get the draw he felt was at least warranted, but now focus turns to ’21 cup finals’ remaining in the league to secure a return to the Championship.

Mowbray added: ‘Parts of the game I was disappointed in. The last half-hour was really good, first 10 minutes were really good. I think the worst result would have been a draw. Disappointed? Yes, but we move on now to the 21 cup finals we’ve got.’

A first loss in 18 games – in all competitions – is a blow but if a similar run in League One can now be secured we’ll know promotion isn’t going to be too far off, ideally automatically.

Meanwhile, ahead of this game, the loan of Liam Feeney at Cardiff was extended until the end of the season. The winger, 30, had initially joined the Bluebirds on a half season deal during the summer transfer window.

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