Norwich boss Dean Smith reckons the free kick that led to Rovers’ opener at Carrow Road was “soft”.

Ben Gibson diverted Tyler Morton’s set-play into his own net after just four minutes as Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men ran out 2-0 winners in front of the Sky cameras.

Tyrhys Dolan was also on target during the final stages as Rovers bounced back from last weekend’s frustrations against Preston North End.

The Norwich boss says they were a couple of “poor goals” to concede and reckons his side became nervous after the opener.

The home crowd also voiced their frustrations, and Smith felt the atmosphere played into Rovers’ hands.

He told the club’s YouTube channel: “Disappointing and frustrating. We gave two really poor goals away and didn’t create the bigger chances that we should of.

“Stats wise will tell a different story, it will probably tell us having loads of possession, more shots than them and more expected goals than them.

“But at the end of the day, you have got to win football matches and put the ball in the back of the net.

“We didn’t defend a soft free kick well after three minutes and unfortunately then I think a few nerves set in from players. The fans got frustrated and it certainly helped Blackburn rather than us.”

The result sees Rovers remain third in the Championship table, having won 13 league games since the start of the campaign.

Tomasson’s men have now moved five points clear of Norwich, who are currently in fifth place as they aim to bounce back from last season’s relegation from the Premier League.

Rovers are back in action on Wednesday night when they welcome Nottingham Forest to Ewood Park in the Carabao Cup fourth round (KO 7:45pm).

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