Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray was left frustrated that his side could not get the better of Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough, who went down 10-men early on.

Middlesbrough midfielder Mo Besic was sent on for hauling down Bradley Dack with just 20 minutes gone. From the resulting free-kick, skipper Charlie Mulgrew put Blackburn Rovers ahead and it looked set to be a successful afternoon for Rovers.

However, an impressive equaliser courtesy of striker Britt Assombalonga pulled a point back for Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough side, sending Rovers home frustrated.

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Blackburn Rovers were left to rue missed chances, with Bradley Dack hitting the post and Adam Armstrong missing a good opportunity late on.

“I can tell them in the dressing room about the care with the final pass,” Mowbray said to the Lancashire Telegraph.

“We have to take more care, the opportunities were there, against a team who worked hard but don’t have the most mobile defenders in the world.

“They play their positions well, defend the middle of their box and it can be difficult to get behind them. We had to try and work the ball better around the box and didn’t do that often enough.

“It was definitely two points dropped, there’s a frustration in the dressing room.

“Yet if we’re going to drag any positives from it, if there is going to be one team good with 10 men then it’s probably Middlesbrough. They are good behind the ball, it’s hard to score against them. We were going to have to get behind them, not from direct balls in to their box, and ask questions of their feet.

“We didn’t quite do that enough. We hit the post through Bradley and forced a few saves.

“We have to take the point, put it in the bag but be hugely disappointed.”


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