Tony Mowbray highlights biggest disappointment in an otherwise decent Blackburn Rovers campaign

Tony Mowbray, manager of Blackburn Rovers looks on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Hull City at Ewood Park on January 6, 2018 in Blackburn,...

Blackburn Rovers are sitting on 59 points with two games to go.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United at Ewood Park on November 10, 2018 in Blackburn, England.

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says the club’s poor form since the end of January has been the biggest disappointment as a playoff spot could have been within their grasp, Lancashire Telegraph report.

“There’s a bit of frustration and disappointment, because at the end of January we thought if we could keep pushing as we were, about 1.5 points a game, that we could have got near to 70 points and that would have given us a great chance of getting in the play-offs,” Mowbray explained.

“We fell away, had two months when the team found it hard to get the three points.”


Blackburn won automatic promotion from League One last term and of the three promoted clubs they have fared the best with both Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United sucked into a relegation battle.

Rovers are safe in mid table, sitting on 59 points having never been in danger of the bottom three. It has been a decent season on their return to the Championship, yet it could have been so much better.

Mowbray’s side were just behind the playoff positions in January. However, a run of nine league defeats in 11 games prompted a slide down the table and their top six aspirations were over by mid-March.

Blackburn Rovers' Bradley Dack during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Millwall  at Ewood Park on August 11, 2018 in Blackburn, England.

Blackburn have bounced back with four wins in succession, leaving them within eight points of the top six.

But they will look back on that run of poor form with regret as they lost to the likes of Reading, Stoke City and Rotherham in games they arguably should have won. Another nine points would have them sixth now.

Still, Mowbray will take comfort knowing he has the base of a decent squad at Ewood Park and players such as Ben Brereton, Joe Rothwell, Adam Armstrong, Ryan Nyambe, Bradley Dack and Darragh Lenihan are all still young with plenty of potential to improve.

Blackburn Rovers' Ryan Nyambe during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers at Ewood Park on April 22, 2019 in Blackburn, England.

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