Blackburn still looking for one or two new faces, says Coyle

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle and Norwich City manager Alex Neil

Rovers boss Owen Coyle believes the club are 'one or two' signings away from becoming a decent team.

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle and Norwich City manager Alex NeilStill shopping: Blackburn manager Owen Coyle, right.

Speaking after his side's 3-1 win over Mansfield last night and as quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph, Owen Coyle has said he is still in the hunt for new additions at Ewood Park, stating that they are one or two new faces away from a 'decent team'.

Blackburn Rovers overcame the League Two side in the EFL Cup first round yesterday courtesy of goals from Shane Duffy and new signing Anthony Stokes, who struck twice to slay the Stags.

The result was a welcome boost for Coyle after the Blue and Whites' sobering opening day encounter against Norwich over the weekend, where they were trounced 4-1.

Blackburn Rovers Manager Owen Coyle applauds the fans after the matchBlackburn Rovers beat Mansfield 3-1 last night

And despite yesterday's cup lift, Coyle believes the Lancashire club must press on in the transfer market in order to finalise his first team squad.

"It was good to show a positive reaction from the weekend when we all knew that we didn’t get anywhere near the level." Coyle said of the Mansfield win.

“The important thing was we did have a positive reaction in what was always going to be a tricky game. To come and show the attitude and the work-rate we did, and some of the quality of our play, was good to see.

Blackburn Rovers' Anthony Stokes (L) scores his sides third goalBlackburn Rovers' Anthony Stokes (L) scores his side's third goal

“If we can get one or two more bodies in we know we’ll have a decent team. We have players who can score goals and we have a creative nucleus to our team but we have to make sure we’re tighter at the back and we’re not giving up chances because there are some very good teams in the Championship.

“We saw one on Saturday who were ruthless and punished us for every mistake that we made. But I thought this was a great reaction from the players and it was great to reward the travelling fans who took nearly two-and-a-half hours to get here.”

Danny Graham of Blackburn Rovers in action with Ryan Bennett of Norwich CityDanny Graham of Blackburn Rovers in action with Ryan Bennett of Norwich City

Rovers have not been inactive since the transfer window opened back in early June.

The club have already snapped up Anthony Stokes, Liam Feeney, Danny Graham and Gordon Greer in recent times, with the latter brought in to cover for the departing Grant Hanley.

Hanley's switch to Newcastle has been one of the main talking points at Ewood Park, and he may not be the only central defender to leave the club this summer, with Shane Duffy also thought to be verging on an exit, with West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland in the running, as cited by Bet Victor.

Blackburn's next test will come against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, where they will hope to get off the mark in the Championship.

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