The best team we’ve played

Pep Clotet refused to blame his defence, instead criticising himself after Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat to ‘easily the best team’ in SkyBet League One.

Charlie Mulgrew was left unmarked for Blackburn’s opener, a misplaced Aaron Martin pass gifted a second, Dwight Tiendalli fouled Bradley Dack in the area for the third and Martin failed to clear the ball for the fourth.

Defensive errors and the penalty decision – described by the United manager as “a little bit harsh” – gave Rovers a 3-0 headstart.

But Clotet refused to publically slam his defence’s performance.

He said: “I’m critical with myself and I’ll analyse the game to see how we can make it better. But it’s about understanding as well that mistakes happen.

“We all know that mistakes happen in the game – and in life – and it’s just about raising your hand up and saying ‘okay, let’s move forward.’

“I’m more focused on how we can get the team playing 90 minutes.”

The Spaniard was very impressed by Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn side, who did what they needed to do in the opening 22 minutes before managing the game out.

Clotet said: “The opposition were superb. They were really strong and used every mistake we made to get us on the back put. Our team didn’t manage to get aware of that situation until the game was almost set for them.”

He added: “They are by far the best team we’ve faced this season. I will be surprised if they don’t go higher this season.

“They have a Championship team and it was very harsh they went down last season.”

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