Owen Coyle happy with Blackburn's toughness against Ipswich

Owen Coyle happy with Blackburn's toughness against Ipswich

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle praised his side's resilience after securing a first clean sheet of the season in a 0-0 draw with Ipswich.

The game will not be remembered in the annals of time as both teams toiled - ultimately fruitlessly - to get the breakthrough.

Ipswich created the only chances of note, with Adam Webster's first-half header producing a fantastic close-range save from Jason Steele, who was also tested in either half by Grant Ward and Freddie Sears.

The hosts were restricted to long-range efforts and a third game without a win or goal means Blackburn remain in the bottom three.

Coyle accepted his team had not done enough to win the game but he was pleased with how Rovers stood up to Ipswich's physical threat.

He said: "I thought it was a very hard-fought Championship game, as we expected. I thought we started the first 15 minutes well, looked to get our passing game going and created them a number of problems.

"I felt thereafter we got caught up in Ipswich's way of playing. They're a big strong physical powerful team. They've got a certain way of playing, they can at times be very direct when they bang that ball and they go and squeeze and good wide players can go and play.

"We knew we'd have to stand up and be counted, but we did. Did we create clear cut chances? No. That was my disappointment. We got to the final third and wide areas, and normally have players who can create spark and creativity, and we didn't do that.

"We knew it was going to be a tight game but the important thing today was that we showed we've learned a number of lessons. There was a real resilience and mentality to get that clean sheet.

"I do believe that game today, if it had been the first two weeks of the season, we'd have lost that game."

The stalemate means Ipswich have gone five games without scoring or winning but Mick McCarthy believes the performance should go some way to pleasing the fans after murmurs of displeasure in previous weeks.

And after the fourth clean sheet in the last six games, he said: "We needed a performance, I got that. Our fans got that performance. I'm disappointed. I felt we should have won the game to be honest with you.

"Jason Steele got the man of the match, he probably deserves it. Could we have been better, and more clinical? I don't know but I don't know what they've really contributed in the second half, certainly.

"I thought we were the better team. If any team was going to win, it was going to be us.

"I would really love to get our fans back on side with me and the team and be excited by us. That was a start today. We've had more shots, crosses, attempts on goals than we've had in the last two or three games.

"The hardest thing in the game is putting the ball in the back of the net but if we play like that, more often than not, we'll win games."

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