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Appleton rues Blackburn Rovers' missed opportunity
BLACKBURN Rovers boss Michael Appleton admitted his devastation as Blackburn Rovers missed out on an FA Cup semi final at Wembley with defeat to Millwall in a quarter final replay at Ewood Park tonight.
Danny Shittu’s 42nd-minute header gave Millwall a 1-0 win over a disappointing Rovers side, who were booed at the final whistle by a crowd of just 8,635.
The Lions will now face Wigan in the semi finals at Wembley next month.
Appleton was left disappointed with the defeat but praised his side’s character.
He said: “You can only imagine the atmosphere after the game. It was difficult to lose how we did to a set play, that makes it even harder to take.
“Our lads gave everything tonight, I couldn’t ask any more for effort or desire but it just wasn’t to be.
“Maybe it wasn’t a corner for the goal but we had to deal with it and we didn’t.
“We’ve lost out on an opportunity that maybe none of us will get again.”