FA Cup:  Mowbray blames Gallagher for Blackburn ouster

 

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray singled out Sam Gallagher for criticism after the striker wasted four excellent chances in their 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat at Birmingham.

Gallagher, who spent the 2017-18 season on loan at St Andrew’s, spurned one opportunity in the first half and three after the break.

However, the £5million signing did win the 61st-minute penalty, converted by Adam Armstrong, that saw City substitute Ivan Sunjic sent off within two minutes of replacing Gary Gardner.

But Mowbray was unhappy with the striker’s finishing, saying: “He works hard in every game. I think at the moment I have faith in him, but he has to score goals.

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tony Mowbray insists Blackburn should have done better

“He has to get into better positions – we’re working hard with him during the week to find better positions to score.

“It was like a tidal wave of crosses coming into the box and he’s 6ft 5ins and he should be heading them into the net.

“Yet he’s always underneath them, he’s always running past the near post, so he has to start listening more as to where he should be going to score, because the ammunition for him was good. He should have been on the scoresheet.

“When you control a game like that you have to finish,” he said. “It’s unbelievable to think we only scored from a penalty, given the amount of play we had around the final third.

“It all means nothing if you don’t stick the ball in the net.”

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