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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 18, 2006

Hughes buoyant after Rovers secure first win

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes believes his side have a platform on which to build following their first win of the season.

A 4-2 Premiership victory over Manchester City lifted Rovers into 12th place, although they are fortunate not to still be propping up the table.

Clearly suffering a hangover from their UEFA Cup clash in Salzburg on Thursday, Blackburn were torn apart in the first half yet somehow went into the interval at 2-2.

City wasted a catalogue of chances and ultimately were made to pay as goals from Benni McCarthy and Paul Gallagher clinched the points for Blackburn.

Hughes said: 'This was a big psychological result for us.

'It was important we won - and in particular to win at home where a lot of our success for last season was based.

'There was a real feeling we had to get into winning ways - because although our performances had been okay, you need that first win under your belt.

'We have a platform on which to build, play better football and win more games - and I feel this will help us and settle us down.

'I hope we can now look forward to another successful season - but that's based on the second-half performance, not the first.'

After City missed four chances in the first 15 minutes, Blackburn took the lead against the run of play when a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick was deflected off the head of Trevor Sinclair.

Further opportunities went begging for the visitors, before Joey Barton finally levelled with his third one-on-one chance against Brad Friedel.

The home side quickly regained the lead, and this time there was no doubt about another Pedersen free-kick which took one bounce beyond deceived goalkeeper Nicky Weaver.

Within 70 seconds City were again level when Andre Ooijer directed a Bernardo Corradi cross past Friedel.

Hughes reorganised at the break, making two substitutions and ultimately restricting City and helping to create the goals for McCarthy and Gallagher.

'I was a little bit upset with them at half time - because that's not the level we've reached here at Ewood Park, or anywhere to be honest,' added Hughes.

'In the first half we allowed Manchester City to dictate the play.

'We can look back and reflect that maybe our escapade to Austria took more out of us than we thought.

'But in the second half we got back into it, and I sensed a real determination to get the win.'

City have lost two games in a week, three this season and 12 of their last 15 in the league.

There was no doubting manager Stuart Pearce's unhappiness as he said: 'It would have been a different story if we had taken our chances in the first half.

'We went on to `gift' Blackburn too many easy goals, and you cannot afford to do that.

'On the chances we created and the run of play, this was a game we should have got something from.

'But we haven't done that and now we have to look at ourselves and try to be more hard-nosed in what we are looking to achieve.'

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