Date: 29th July 2017 at 2:25pm
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Blackburn’s otherwise impressive enough preparations for the League One campaign were rounded off with a pre-season defeat at Carlisle.

Rovers slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Brunton Park on Friday.

This wasn’t the way Ryan Nyambe would have wanted to mark his recent contract as it was his early own goal that put Carlisle ahead.

However, against his former side Danny Graham, with his fifth in six games, after goals in wins against Barrow, York, Morecambe and Grimsby, soon had Blackburn level after Bradley Dack had a goal ruled out for offside.

Reggie Lambe restored Carlisle’s lead ahead of half time before Liam Feeney came off the to hit the woodwork as Blackburn were denied a second equaliser in the second half.

Shaun Miller sealed the Cumbrians’ win in added time.

Carlisle: Bonham (Bacon 46), T. Miller, Grainger, Joyce (Trialist 85), Liddle (Ellis 69), Parkes (S. Miller 70), Jones, Hope (Bennett 70), Adams (Egan 75), Devitt (Nabi 69), Lambe (Holt 80).
Subs not used: Salkeld.

Blackburn: Raya, Caddis, Nyambe, Ward, Williams, Smallwood, Evans (Whittingham 65), Bennett, Dack, Samuel, Graham (Feeney 65).
Subs not used: Fisher, Platt, Doyle, Tomlinson, Rankin-Costello, Nuttall.

Attendance: 1,816 (312 Rovers fans)

Tony Mowbray has taken the ‘blessing in disguise’ approach to the defeat telling the Official Website he doesn’t necessarily thinking this will be a bad thing for Blackburn.

He thinks confidence has perhaps grown a little too much during pre-season with this defeat requiring Rovers to ‘refocus’ ahead of the League One opener at Southend next Saturday.

‘If it’s right to say this, I think it’s almost good to lose a game in pre-season like that. It heightens the anticipation for us. I think it refocuses us. I think we were way too expansive in the first half. Probably from the confidence that the team has gained through pre-season, we were too open on the transition, too spread out and we got exposed,’ said Mowbray.

The boss went on to say he thought the ‘athleticism’ of Darragh Lenihan and Charlie Mulgrew was missed and Blackburn are ‘a bit vulnerable on the change of possession’ when they’re not involved, as was the case at Brunton Park.

All things considered though Mowbray thought Rovers played some good football and could have scored more but this defeat is a timely reminder that defeat can be suffered at any time.

‘I thought we could have scored a few goals in the first half and yet it didn’t quite happen and we ended up conceding some. We tried to address it at half-time, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing for us to lose a football match going into the season,’ added the boss.

‘I think we’ve played some pretty fluent football over recent weeks, we just need to refocus and understand that anybody can beat you on any given day if you’re not 100% at it all over the pitch. So we’ll learn the lessons of tonight and hopefully take them into the season.’

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