Tom Cairney is still in disbelief that Blackburn Rovers didn't make the Championship play-offs under Gary Bowyer.

Cairney spent the 2013/14 season on loan at Ewood Park before joining permanently the following summer. In his second campaign, Rovers finished ninth in the Championship, 11 points behind the top-six.

That was despite having Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede up front, who both scored more than 20 goals. 

Now just shy of ten years on, Cairney admits he's still angry that a team filled with such talent felt short. The Fulham captain feels it was an opportunity missed for Rovers to get promised.

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"It's a disgrace we didn't get top-six, honest," Cairney told BBC Radio 5Live.

"My old manager Gary Bowyer rang me and we spoke about it. I said it still angers me now.

"To have two strikers to hit over 20 goals in the Championship season and then not to get top-six is outrageous. Not only that, we had Josh King, Grant Hanley, Scott Dann, Ben Marshall, good, good players.

"He was such a talent at the time. To not get play-offs with that team (shakes head). We got to an FA Cup quarter-final replay against Liverpool but that was as high as we got.

"It disappoints and upsets me because I feel like that could've been the chance for Blackburn to get back into the Premier League with that team."