Injury worries for Blackburn

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has the worry of injuries to add to the disappointment of Carling Cup defeat against Bournemouth.

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has the worry of injuries to add to the disappointment of Carling Cup defeat against Bournemouth.

Brett Emerton and Lorenzo Amoruso are carrying knocks after playing the full 120 minutes against the Coca-Cola League One side yesterday.

Both now face a battle to be fit for Rovers’ Barclays Premiership clash with Charlton on Monday evening.

“We will assess the fitness situation over the next 24 hours or so as we prepare for our game on Monday,” Hughes said.

Emerton scored the opener against the Cherries last night but Garry O’Connor equalised for the away side minutes later.

Amoruso is fighting for a regular place after returning from suspension last weekend against Portsmouth. The centre-back hit the bar with a fierce drive before his side eventually lost out 7-6 on penalties.

Karl Broadhurst and John Spicer scored for the visitors and Morten-Gamst Pedersen and Paul Gallagher scored for Rovers to set up a penalty shoot-out.

Jon Stead and Tugay missed for Hughes’ side and Eddie Howe scored the vital spot-kick to set up a third-round tie at Cardiff.

Hughes, in his second game in charge, chose to give his reserves a chance to shine against lower league opposition – which highlighted the task he has to transform the club.

“It’s an old adage but sometimes you learn more from defeat than you do from a victory,” Hughes added.

“I certainly learned more against Bournemouth than I did against Portsmouth.

“Our overall performance level wasn’t up to the standard I expected.”

“Losing the cup tie was a big disappointment but we have to put it behind us and move forward.”

Blackburn had a host of chances to win before the tie was decided on penalties.

Hughes admitted after the game that Sean O’Driscoll’s side had out-muscled Blackburn in the cup tie – and vowed to tackle Rovers’ physical weakness.

Hughes added: “We should have had enough football intelligence to see the game out but for whatever reason, we weren’t able to do that so there’s a lot of things to come out of the evening that need to be addressed and will be addressed.”

Although they lost on penalties, practising spot-kicks is probably not high on Hughes’ priority list – as Rovers have not been awarded one for over a season.

Their last penalty was against Leeds in April 2003 when David Dunn scored in a 3-2 win at Elland Road.

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