Blackburn Rovers were defeated by Swansea City 3-1 on Tuesday night, conceding three second half goals after going into half time 1-0 up thanks to a penalty from captain Charlie Mulgrew.
A victory would’ve seen Rovers rise to 5th place in the Championship table, but they instead remain in 7th position – still just one point and one place away from the Play-Off spots.
Rovers manager Tony Mowbray decided to play the same side that defeated Leeds United 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, rather than switching the side for the long journey down to the Liberty Stadium.
“I understand when you make changes people can be critical. I said to the team that maybe I should have made changes at half time and pushed the reset button,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“I thought about changing to three at the back at half time and giving us a fresh focus but if I had changed everything and we lost 3-1 then you question yourself as well.
“Maybe I should have been braver and made the changes I could smell at half time.
“We had worked on Armstrong playing wide right rather than wide left.
“Matty Grimes isn’t a left back but he has been playing there because they play with their full backs narrow and go in to midfield like Pep Guardiola does at Manchester City.
“We thought that Armstrong could expose a player better known for his creativity than his full back play and Armstrong could have ran past him.
“That’s what we’d worked on but they started with Olsson there and so we brought Armstrong to the right.
“The players buy in to what we do and they understand the changes we make.”
The gaffer went on to explain some of the changes he made to try and get his side back into the game – but the tactical changes were to no avail.
“I moved to three midfielders when we took Danny (Graham) off because I thought we were getting overran in midfield.
“The game ran away from us, like Bristol City, but we could have been 3-0 up at half time there.
“It was a very similar scenario here, I thought we were good for long spells but I felt the game ran away from us.”
Blackburn will have the chance to bounce back from the midweek defeat on Saturday, as they head to automatic promotion candidates West Brom in search of three points.