OWEN COYLE praised Blackburn’s fighting spirit as they beat Brentford 3-2 – after losing a goal in THIRTY-THREE seconds.
The struggling Championship side, who went into the game without a win for more than a month, were rocked when Scott Hogan netted almost immediately after the kick-off.
But two strikes from Danny Graham and an own goal from Harlee Dean gave Coyle side’s three valuable points which keep them above Wigan and Rotherham at the foot of the table.
The former Falkirk and St Johnstone boss said: “I’m so pleased for the players and the fans, because it would have been easy losing a goal after 30 seconds to feel sorry for ourselves.
“But nothing could be further from the truth. We kept persevering with our quality of play and got ourselves in front at 2-1.
“We tried to add to it, but when you don’t get that goal, at the level we operate, you can get punished.
“Having got in front and looking good, we found ourselves at 2-2 and have to pick ourselves up again.

“There was a lot to be pleased about. I’m just delighted how we went about it. It’s an important three points.”

Brentford boss Dean Smith said: “I felt we gave them a helping hand with the goals.

“It’s a concern that we’ve conceded three times because that’s very unlike us. We’ve kept seven clean sheets this season.”

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