Lee Bowyer felt Rovers dealt with the conditions better to do ‘a job’ on his Charlton Athletic side.

Rovers scored twice in nine first half minutes through John Buckley and Tosin Adarabioyo to take a 2-0 half time lead which they held on to after the break.

Bowyer was disappointed with the second goal, not least the award of the free kick, and the way Adarabioyo was able to guide home Stewart Downing’s free kick.

Swirling wind and rain was apparent throughout the game, but Bowyer felt it was Rovers who dealt with that the better which played a key role in the victory.

And gracious in defeat, Bowyer, whose side beat Rovers on the opening day, admitted the better side won on the day.

“It was a disappointing day,” he explained.

“Blackburn did a good professional performance, a job on us. We started well and were the better side for the first 10, 15 minutes, but then Blackburn got their first goal and after that they were the better side and deserved their three points.

“The Championship is relentless and everyone has to earn their three points. Did my players work hard? Of course they did.

“They gave everything physically and we improved in the second half, but we just huffed and puffed without any real quality.

“The second goal came from a free-kick that was never a foul and their keeper made some good saves, but that’s his job and if I’m looking at the big picture over the 90 minutes, Blackburn deserved the three points.

“There was nothing pretty about what Tony and his team did. They just kept turning us around. They played the conditions better than us.

“Did the wind change at half-time because it seemed like it was against us in the second half as well?”