Date: 10th August 2015 at 6:47pm
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Manager Micky Mellon has spoken of his disappointment at losing the opening League One fixture of the year against Millwall on Saturday.

Audio – Mellon Talks Millwall Loss

Having taken the lead ten minutes after the second half restart through James Collins, Millwall came back into it and found two goals of their own to take victory, and that left Mellon disappointed as he spoke to the Official Site at full time.

‘Obviously I’m disappointed to lose any game. The most disappointing thing is that we’ve got our noses in front in a game in which there was not a lot in it. Millwall reacted to our goal better than we did. Suddenly, from having your noses in front, you’re 2-1 down. It’s tough to take. We’ve gone through the goals and there are little bits of naivety. We’re diving in inside the 18-yard box when there’s no real need to. They are things that we have to learn from.’

Despite there being plenty he feels we can learn from though, he felt we more than matched last season’s Championship side and there wasn’t an awful lot in the match itself, so there were positives to take as well.

‘There wasn’t anything drastic between the two sides. It was a physical first game of the season, where a little bit of detail was going to be the difference between the sides- we matched them for long spells. I said at half-time that it was going to be real fine margins that caused anything of note. We would have liked to have caused them a few more problems in the final third and have a bit more belief when going forward. It was ultimately who made the errors first, who defended poorly or who didn’t deal with a certain situation.’

As for the positives though, he went on to say that as well as learning from things that will now be highlighted in training, we should also show more belief in ourselves based on how we played.

‘We have to have a bit more belief in ourselves that we can go and cause teams trouble. We weren’t aggressive enough at times when we had the opportunity to get at full-backs, or get up close to the front men. Again, that’s something we’ll look to improve on. I couldn’t fault them for their effort and endeavour, and how they competed. I think all over the pitch we did that. I think the story of the game is we’ve got to be a little bit braver, back ourselves and believe we can go on and win the game. It’s certainly a learning curve for us. We’ll look at the performance over the next 24 to 48 hours and if there’s anything in particular that we feel we need to improve on then we will.’

With a trip to Ewood Park next up in midweek in the Capital One Cup, Mellon went on to say that we’ll approach that game the same way and put into practice what we learnt and try and win because we enjoyed our Cup run last season and he’d like to replicate that even though League One takes priority.

‘We’ll quickly comb over this, get the players recovered and get them ready for another terrific game, which I expect to be totally different. We’ll pick a team that we believe will give us a good chance of getting a result at Blackburn.’

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