TONY MOWBRAY admitted he wasn’t too bothered at Blackburn’s 1-0 FA Cup exit to Hull City.
The former Celtic boss saw his team topple out of the competition when on-lon Chelsea defender Ola Aina headed the winner just before the hour mark at Ewood Park.
However, Mowbray insisted promotion from League One was his priority and said: “Our main target is to get out of this division and win league matches.
“Richie Smallwood, probably our best player this year, wasn’t even in the 18.
“Ultimately, it’s gone the other way, but I’ve got no regrets on the selection of the team.
“Parts of the game I was disappointed in. The last half-hour was really good.
“I think the worst result would have been a draw. Disappointed? Yes, but we move on now to the 21 cup finals we’ve got.”
Ironically, Rovers, with ex-Celt Charlie Mulgrew in central defence, came the closest to breaking the deadlock when another former Hoops star Paul Caddis beat his old Parkhead team-mate David Marshall with a screaming effort that clattered the crossbar.
It was the first defeat in 18 games in all competitions for Mowbray’s team, who sit third in the league.
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