Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray was brimming with pride after his side’s 1-1 draw with Premier League side Newcastle United in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday evening.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray admitted that he was disappointed not to beat Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon, but couldn’t hide that he was proud of his side’s performance at St James’ Park.

Rovers star Bradley Dack powered home a brilliant header from Elliott Bennett’s cross after 56 minutes to put Tony Mowbray’s side ahead in the second half. However, Rovers were to concede late on once again.

Matt Ritchie fired home from 12-yards after VAR judged Corry Evans to have fouled Ayoze Perez inside the box with less than ten minutes left, setting up a replay at Ewood Park that Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez will have wanted to avoid.

Mowbray spoke to the Rovers club website after the game, expressing his pride at his side’s performance but disappointment that they couldn’t seal the victory.

“For the effort and desire and the team, to compete with Newcastle United, in a pretty full stadium, the team rose to the occasion,” Mowbray said.

“I thought it was a similar performance to the one at Elland Road against Leeds United and the game at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United.
“It’s no surprise to see that heart and desire for each other. They have to keep producing that, so let’s keep going, let’s keep finding those levels when we play against Premier League sides.
“We knew Newcastle wouldn’t be defensive, and I thought we matched them, asked questions of them and got in their faces. 
“Ultimately we’re disappointed not to have won the game, against a good side in Newcastle United, away from home.”

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