Hughes Can't Explain Rovers Defeat
Blackburn Rovers suffered the embarrassment of a 2-0 defeat to Larissa in the first round first leg of the UEFA Cup on Thursday Evening, and this defeat is something that Mark Hughes can't understand or explain.
Rovers looked a shadow of their true selves as a POOR performance saw them rarely threaten, with Greek minnows Larissa (I mean no disrespect but they were quite possibly the easiest draw Rovers could have got!) looking more threatening, and they could have won by more than the two goals they did.
Hughes was furious, as he found it hard to explain just what had happened. He told Setanta Sports: "We are disappointed with the level of performance and product, and we are a better team than that.
"It was not a performance we were expecting, in particular after our excellent run of 15 games unbeaten.
"Up until now we have shown great quality and great energy, but they were missing.
"I'm sure at the weekend our performance will be a lot better, but this is a mystery to us."
Rovers will still be favourites to win the second leg at Ewood Park in two weeks time, with it more than possible that the deficit can be overturned, but the job has been made MUCH harder than it could have been, however, it could have been worse!!!
Hughes added: "We have made it very difficult for ourselves,' admitted Hughes.
"The one positive that we have is the defeat could have been greater, so at 2-0 we are still very much in the tie and it will be a different Blackburn at Ewood Park."
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