Date: 5th April 2017 at 10:16pm
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Tony Mowbray has reflected on the defeat to Reading on Tuesday evening and admitted the Blackburn players simply hadn’t been strong enough on the day.

Heading to the Madejski Stadium for the match, Blackburn largely performed well enough with decent possession and a few good chances, but in key moments in both boxes it simply wasn’t good enough and Elliot Bennett’s late strike in the three one defeat was nothing but a consolation.

Speaking to in his post game press conference, a frustrated gaffer explained that the first two goals conceded in particular were too soft from our point of view and we had to defend better if we want to have any hopes of avoiding the drop this year.

‘Ultimately we didn’t defend. The first two goals are not good goals from our point of view. They were simple crosses into the box and pretty identical goals really, we have to deal with them better. I set the game plan out today, I thought we would go and press them high, I put some athletic players on the pitch and I thought we’d have the legs to give us some problems and yet they played through that better than we might have hoped. So they were disappointing goals.’

Mowbray went on to say.

‘I thought in the second half was different, we were a bit wasteful in front of goal. The chances were there for us, and then we get ourselves back in the game and shoot ourselves in the foot again straight away. It would have been a really interesting last ten minutes if we had stayed at 2-1 and built up some momentum and pressure. But it wasn’t to be because we weren’t strong enough at the back to stop a third that really killed the game for us.’

With Charlie Mulgrew being stretchered off with barely ten minutes played and with him being following by Darragh Lenihan not reappearing at the break following a late challenge in the first half, Mowbray admitted that both injuries could be serious and costly.

‘I think Charlie will need to go for a scan or an x-ray tomorrow. It looks like he could be struggling a little bit, but I shouldn’t really comment until we investigate more I think. He is obviously on crutches so we’ll have to wait and see. Darragh has got a cast on his ankle as well so that is another concern, but now isn’t the time to talk about injuries in my mind.’

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