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Olsson calls for Blackburn Rovers discipline
MARKUS Olsson believes Blackburn Rovers have to be more disciplined to maintain their Premier League push – after admitting they made things “too exciting” at Elland Road.
Rovers’ Swede scored his first goal for the club on Saturday, as a scintillating opening 30 minutes saw them race into a 2-0 lead, but was left to regret a second half collapse.
Only Ruben Rochina’s moment of opportunistic late brilliance rescued Rovers a point, to preserve their unbeaten record, and Olsson insists it has to be seen as two points lost.
After half an hour of dominance, Rovers allowed their hosts to boss the remainder and Olsson admits they allowed themselves to get carried away by the opening.
He said: “Of course it was disappointing on Saturday because we didn’t win the match.
“Three points are always important but we got away with a point and a point is better than nothing.
“We could have punished them more in the first half and finished the game off but we let them come into the game and were giving free kicks away too easily. We knew they played long balls and we made it too exciting.
“I think we knew the game plan. We know we should not give too many free-kicks away there and we did it. We made it too exciting. That is why many players were annoyed we gave it away too easily.
“Ruben came in and we got a point.
“We were comfortable though and I thought we should have gone on an scored more but we kept giving away free kicks and that is what made us lose possession.”
Olsson, who joined the club in January, believes it was high time he found the back of the net for Rovers – having started his career as a striker.
The 24-year-old, twin brother of Rovers’ Martin, can play anywhere down the left but admits he is enjoying the defensive role he has been given this season.
“The first goal I got came from a good ball from Gamst, he finds me well every time, and I was determined I was going for goal because I have been thinking I haven’t scored yet, I should finish more.
“Gamst knows me and knows how I play. He was feeding me. At the moment I would say I feel more comfortable at left back. I have had a good run and I know when they feed me I can make the crosses and the finishes.
“I think I am a better player. When I came here, I got thrown directly into the heat but now I have had a full pre-season and it has gone well.
“I learn from every day and even these games I am learning from players like Murphy and Dickson, players who have played at a high level and who are telling me what to do. I try to take it in and become a better player. I do that every day because I listen.
“It is very important that Martin is still here because we need players like him in the squad, if we want to go up. He has got experience in the Premier League and national league and I think everyone is very happy he has stayed with us.”