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First Leg Left Rovers Too Much To Do

First Leg Left Rovers Too Much To Do

Blackburn Rovers were left ruing what might have been after crashing out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday Evening, but Rover manager Mark Hughes now admits we left ourselves too much to do after our defeat in Greece.

Let's not beat about the bush here Rovers WERE the clear favourites to win this tie, we shouldn't have gone out as over two legs we should have won the tie but even after Thursday's 2-1 win at Ewood Park in the second leg the disastrous 2-0 first leg defeat in Greece meant that Larissa advanced to the group stages of the UEFA Cup 3-2 on aggregate. Despite all his talk to the contrary after the match Hughes basically admitted that we were out after the 2-0 defeat in the first leg.

Speaking on Radio Rovers Hughes said: "Yes it is frustrating, but if we are honest over the two legs we have given ourselves far too much to do.

"In the first leg we conceded two poor goals and the goal tonight wasn't one we were very impressed with.

"Fair play to the lads we kept going, we won the game and that is a positive to take into the game at the weekend, but we are disappointed obviously as we have enjoyed our games in Europe
."

With Larissa going ahead on Thursday night, taking a 3-0 aggregate lead the match was dead; goals from Matt Derbyshire and Stephen Warnock were not enough as another European campaign ended disappointingly early. However, Hughes was quick to praise Larissa, whom he wishes well for the rest of the UEFA Cup.

He added: "Larissa are a decent side, they have pace in good areas, they were always a threat on the break and it was always difficult to over-commit because of that threat in behind.

"We just needed, when we threw a few guys forward, for something to break for us and then we could have built some momentum and then possibly do it.

"But good luck to Larissa, they played well over the two legs, but as I said we gave ourselves too much to do.

"We always knew we could score at least two goals against them but if we hadn't conceded the poor goal that we did then it could have been all set up for a grandstand finish. But their goal gave them great heart and something to protect and towards the end they just got everybody behind the ball and it was very hard to get the space to create anything in the final third
."

However, Rovers WILL BE BACK and Sparky stressed how we will learn from this and SHOULD come back stronger in the future.

Sparky also said: "We're disappointed, but we need to learn from games like this, European teams set you different problems and in the future we'll be better."

This is a major disappointment (we can't say it isn't), which is what I am feeling disappointment not the gutted feeling I did last season when we went out to Bayer Leverkusen. We shouldn't have gone out so early in this competition but basically it's our own fault isn't it. We now have to move on and make sure we get back into Europe next season, and we can start with three points against Birmingham City in the League on Sunday!!!


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Writer:Walker
Date:Friday October 5 2007
Time: 10:57AM

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Simple truth is we weren't good enough over two legs, we didn't deserve to go through, Larissa did!
I was gutted last season when we lost to Bayer Leverkusen, but this is because over the two legs I felt we deserved to win, as we WERE the better side, this season we weren't so I'm not gutted just bitterly disappointed (which in a way hurts more!!!)
Hughes Da Man
05/10/2007 10:59:00
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blackburn seriously wats happening wit yous, yous r usually alot better than this. I cant belive yous got knocked out of the 1st leg
dunne deal
05/10/2007 11:16:00
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I think this does hurt a bit more but no time to despair... lets crack on with the League and make sure it doesnt affect our chances of a return to Europe next year!!!
MikeyGamst
05/10/2007 11:19:00
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iwas abit shooked to see that you got knocked out i hadn't heard of the team you played until you got drawn against them
muffdaddy1983
05/10/2007 11:41:00
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yeah dunne deal im shocked myself but hey thats the way it goes!
durks de rover
05/10/2007 11:46:00
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just happened dunne deal.. we're dissapointed but we'll be back.
MikeyGamst
05/10/2007 12:20:00
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that first goal last night killed you off - so much for me wishing you good luck :-(
merlin
05/10/2007 19:12:00
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merlin you cursed it mate.... lol. In all honesty though we didnt deserve to go through even against a team that we are better than!!!!
MikeyGamst
05/10/2007 20:12:00
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Yeah the better team won. Disappointed but we move on now don't we.
Hughes Da Man
06/10/2007 00:13:00
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