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Cox: "We can take a lot of heart from the performance"

Striker's Blackburn Rovers reaction

9 April 2018

After the 1-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers Simon Cox spoke to iFollow Blues after he felt he was denied an obvious penalty.

The Blues striker was shoved to ground in the 18-yard box in the closing stages, however the referee waved away the appeals.

Here's what Cox said on the penalty shout and the game overall.

On the performance…

We wanted to put right our performance from when we went away to Plymouth. We wanted to put that right first and foremost, we want to work hard, to go from a good shape and stick to the game plan.

For 55 minutes it was working perfectly and even after they went ahead, we still fancied ourselves to get back into the game.

They’re a good team but I thought on Saturday we were the better side.

On the penalty appeals…

Theo got across the front post and got a little flick. I took a touch and then I felt a lot of contact in the back.

My question is why would I go down in that situation. I’m about to slot home and I asked the referee that. I said to him if I’m in front why would I go down? But he didn’t want to answer me.

To me that says he got it wrong and it was a stonewall penalty.

The one at the end as well Jason got in the way of my shot but that was just how it went for us today.

On the frustrations after putting in so much effort in…

As much as they’re up there, there wasn’t really anything between the two sides.

It’s a bit disheartening that we came away with nothing but we can take a lot of heart from the performance.

On the final five matches of the season…

Obviously people are playing for places and contracts for next season and putting good performances in like that only bodes well for next season.

On the travelling fans…

They were fantastic. They were brilliant throughout and as we were pushing they were right behind us.

Maybe another five minutes and we would have got one.

Credit to the fans, it’s a long journey and we thank them.

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