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We were doing everything right and got a goal up then for whatever reason at that point we handed the initiative back to them.

Garry Monk.

Garry Monk's comments after seeing his side fight back to claim a point against Blackburn Rovers at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.

Garry Monk's overall assessment of how the game panned out...
"I think a big mistake that we made today was for the first half-hour we had Blackburn right where we wanted them. We were doing everything right and got a goal up then for whatever reason at that point we handed the initiative back to them. I said to the players at the end when you have a team right where you want them you have to continue in that vein. Even if you score a goal and it feels comfortable you have to go even harder at that point. Then for a team to wrestle it back from you they have to do something special. But we handed it back to them today. That's really the biggest mistake of today. But that's part of the learning curve of this group, part of the progression of this football team and that's another one we are going to have to understand and not repeat going forward. Everything you saw after that point is an accumulation of that mistake because instead of Blackburn going in at half-time believing the second-half was going to be a long second-half, they went in with belief - we handed them that belief. That's when the game becomes 50-50 and you rely on not making mistakes. We made two really poor goals against us, that's what happens from the original mistake. That can't happen if you want to be a good team and want to keep progressing."

Garry Monk on his players' character to come back and claim a point...
"I have to give credit to the players after going 2-1 down to actually make sure we salvaged a point out of it, and that's a huge testament to their character. But the character has never been in doubt with these players. It's just about a progression of a football team in a season. We have had to learn lessons, this is another big one that we have to learn, but that's all part of the process."

Garry Monk on why he thought his side handed Blackburn the initiative...
"We dropped our tempo, we came off that front foot, for whatever reasons, we will go through that with the players. But it wasn't Blackburn doing something different, it was us where we gave them the initiative, we stepped off them when we had been right on top of them. Our tempo with the ball was where we needed it to be then for whatever reasons we came off that. That's why I say we handed them the initiative. You can't do that at any level. That's what gave them belief at half-time believing it's game on, when really they should have gone in believing the second-half was going to be a long second-half for them." 

Garry Monk asked if Blues should have prevented Blackburn's first goal direct from a corner...
"I just think that both goals were extremely poor. All of that is an accumulation of the biggest mistake we made which was after going a goal up not continuing to do what we'd been doing. That was the biggest reason why you saw what you did afterwards, and we'll look to get to the bottom of it. Because afterwards  if mistakes come in and if you're the ones that make the mistakes you get punished and unfortunately, we made the mistakes. From a game where we shouldn't have been in that position, that's where the frustration comes from."

Garry Monk on Che Adams's brace and reaching 21 goals for the season...
"It's a fantastic achievement. We're all delighted for him, and Che still has games to go even further. It's not just the goals it's his all-round performance and contribution to the team. that's the silver lining out of what should have been a good three points for us today. It ended up being a battling draw at the end which it shouldn't have been. The lesson is to make sure that when we're so far on top, you have to go for the kill."

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