Hughes Disappointed

Last updated : 18 September 2005 By Site Editor
The Rovers boss, whilst disappointed with the 3-0 home defeat, was however pleased with the side's first half showing against Graeme Souness' side.

"We're disappointed. We felt that we were the team more likely to win up until their goal," he said after the game at Ewood Park.

"When you see Alan Shearer lining up a free-kick on the edge of the box you fear for the worst. After they scored the shape wasn't what it needed to be.

"We should have had a foothold in the game long before that. We were the better side in the first half.

"We created a reasonable amount of chances and just needed one to go in, but after the first goal we were poor and we showed naivety at the end.

"We got done with a sucker punch with the third goal late on.

"It was a real opportunity today and I felt that if we had a little bit more self belief in our play then it might have gone our way."