Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has been left frustrated by his side’s 1-0 defeat to the Championship’s form side Bristol City.

Lee Johnson’s Bristol City travelled to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers on the back of seven victories. Thanks to a goal from Eros Pisano, they extended that run of wins to eight, defeating Blackburn 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray acknowledged the quality of Johnson’s side but admitted that the match has left everyone feeling frustrated, as Blackburn fell to only their third home defeat of the season.

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“It was always going to be a tough game against a team who have won a lot of matches on the bounce,” Mowbray told Rovers’ club website. 

“We knew that it was going to be a tough day, and one we thought it might be one to win 1-0. But ultimately it wasn’t to be. They defended well, are physical and carry a threat at the top end of the pitch.

“We worked extremely hard and had spells when we got on top and had four or five shots. It wasn’t to be our day. The nature of the defeat, from a set play, makes it more hurtful. We work hard on set plays, for and against, and to lose like that, from a ball into our box, is frustrating for us all.

The Rovers boss was left to rue the lack of a final pass and a finishing touch in the final third, as they fell to Pisano’s late goal.

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“There were one or two instances when we got into fantastic positions but the last pass was overhit,” Mowbray added.

“We have lots of quality but couldn’t pick out that final pass and put the ball into the net.

“But the nature of the goal they scored, if they pick you off on the counter and break away and cross the ball and a lad scores, then you say ‘great energy, great quality’. But it was just an inswinging corner and there was no contact from the goalkeeper or any of the defenders and it’s in our net.”

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