Marvin Emnes earns praise after Blackburn break duck

Marvin Emnes earns praise after Blackburn break duck

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle hailed the 'wonderful' Marvin Emnes after the Dutch striker scored one goal and set two up to help his side defeat Rotherham 4-2.

An enthralling game saw Danny Ward put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute before Craig Conway brilliantly restored parity 10 minutes later.

Home debutant Emnes finished off the move of the match on the half-hour and Ben Marshall looked to have put the result beyond doubt when adding a third 15 seconds after the restart.

Ward's late header set up a frantic finish but Sam Gallagher capped off a fine individual display by tapping home a fourth in injury time for Blackburn's first Sky Bet Championship win this season.

After their fourth straight victory over the Millers, Coyle spoke of the importance of his 28-year-old striker.

He said: "Emnes was a no-brainer for me. He's been a wonderful player for many years - went to Swansea and never got the game time he probably thought he merited because they've got very good players, but he certainly knew I think he had a big role to play for us.

"He came on board, he's exciting, really enjoyed it today and the important thing is he does it consistently."

After the victory, which lifts Blackburn off the foot of the table, Coyle was quick to praise the courage of his team to keep playing positive football.

"The most important thing today was to win," he said. "It was important we got the three points, but it was the manner of the performance and how we won.

"We started the game brilliantly, we could have been two goals up, and from that we concede a counter-attack goal from two very good players.

"It would have been easy to feel sorry for yourself but we continue to play the same way, whether we're 1-0 up or 1-0 down. Even at 3-2, it would have been easy to get nervous but they picked themselves up and we scored a wonderful fourth goal."

For Rotherham, their rotten away run continued. It is the second straight away game in which they have conceded four and in four trips on the road this season, they have already shipped 14 goals.

Their manager, Alan Stubbs, was angry at the 'significant' part his side's defending played in the defeat and threatened to make changes in future.

He said: "To be honest, I'm saying the same thing most weeks.

"First and foremost, we have to cut out basic, fundamental mistakes that we're making. I can't think of any goals that we've conceded where teams have completely cut us open because we're significantly contributing to our own downfall by making basic mistakes and we're getting punished.

"At this level, there are teams that when you do it, and you do it consistently, are going to punish you.

"We needed to stay in the game at 2-1 and I felt we could get something out of the game, but then to concede within 30-40 seconds after the break. It's the manner of the goals that's the disappointing thing. You're just asking defenders to do their jobs.

"For a player to cut inside and have no pressure on him whatsoever and put a ball into the bottom corner, just shouldn't be happening.

"First of all, you have to keep working at it and keep saying the same things week in week out. If not, leave them out. That's how you stop it."


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