TONY Mowbray labelled the decision to rule out Darragh Lenihan’s equaliser against Fulham as “embarrassing” as Rovers’ lengthy unbeaten home run came to an end.

The captain seemingly fired home 10 minutes from time to cancel out Aleksandar Mitrovic’s opener just after the hour mark.

But the flag was up leaving Mowbray bemused post-match after a 1-0 defeat that saw his side lose at Ewood Park for the first time since September

"You know it's going to be a tough game against Fulham," the Rovers boss said. 

“They’re a good side and have got some very special individual footballers.

“It’s frustrating because of the nature of the game. I thought we managed them really well.

“Mitrovic I can’t remember having a touch apart from scoring a goal but that’s what quality strikers do.

“It’s disappointing to get nothing from it and having watched back Lenihan’s goal it maybe sums up the official’s day up.

“It’s two, maybe three, yards onside. It’s not even close, it’s embarrassing.

“Maybe he thinks it’s got a touch on the way but nobody’s touched it. It’s come through a gap and he’s controlled it and stuck it in the net.”

Mowbray felt had the goal been allowed then it would have been a fair reflection of a game that was low on clear-cut chances and quality in the final third.

"I think it would have been right on the balance of play," he said. 

“Fulham are a good side but it was a game of very few goal-scoring chances.

“It was attritional and I thought we managed them really well to be honest.

“But it’s in the record books now, we’ve lost 1-0 and we have to accept it. There’s frustration over the goal that wasn’t but we have to move on.

“Apart from that I can only remember them making one or two really good opportunities at the death when we were chasing the game.

“The keeper made a good save, their keeper made a great save as well.

“It’s a tight game and it’s frustrating to lose a tight game.”