Blackburn Rovers were defeated 2-0 by Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United side last night, leaving manager Tony Mowbray disappointed with the result.
Sheffield United made it three wins in a row and four unbeaten in the Championship, as they rose to 3rd place and level on points with both Leeds United and Middlesbrough.
The defeat was the first time Blackburn have lost at Ewood Park since September 2017, when AFC Wimbledon beat them 1-0 in early on in the 2017/18 League One season.
Tony Mowbray spoke to the Lancashire Telegraph about the loss:
“Disappointed with the result but we were playing against a very good team.
“I said before the match that they are probably a year further on than us.
“They play a difficult system to play against, we had chances but just didn’t take them.
“I think they controlled the first half, we tried to make it more difficult in the second half yet they scored the goals in the second half.
Despite the loss, Mowbray is keen to get back to winning ways, starting with the game against Bolton Wanderers this weekend.
“We will look to brush it off very quickly.
“They should be very proud of what they’ve achieved at home and I’ve told them that we now need to go and get three points at Bolton.
“If we win on Saturday then it’s better than what we have been doing which is drawing two games.
“We might as well go and get three points on Saturday and then it will be all right.”
Mowbray also revealed that he considered changing his side’s system to try and deal with Blades.
“I thought second half we were better and made life more difficult for them.
“I toyed with the idea of matching their shape up but thought they would be better at their shape than we would be.
“We decided to go with what we’ve been doing and just their extra men around the pitch made it difficult for us and we struggled to get a strangle hold on it.
“They have some really good technicians, with Fleck, Duffy and Norwood in there and the width on the outside with their wing-backs.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult night for us. We were happy to it get in at 0-0, I thought we might be able to nick it 1-0, but it wasn’t to be.
“Defeat is part of football, that’s what I’ve said. It’s okay to lose a game every now and then, it’s how you react and bounce back and I have every confidence they will.”