Hughes hails impressed by "excellent" Blackburn

Blackburn maintained their unbeaten start away from home with a 2-1 win at Sunderland.

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Two goals in as many minutes early in the second half by David Bentley and Roque Santa Cruz, with his fifth goal of the campaign, ensured all three points for manager Mark Hughes.

Grant Leadbitter got the Wearsiders consolation in the 90th minute but it was not enough to prevent Rovers from registering a remarkable tenth victory against north-east opponents in eleven Premier League fixtures.

Hughes was pleased with the performance against his former Manchester United team mate and now boss of Sunderland, Roy Keane.

"It was an excellent performance from us, we were calm in possession, we had good angles to our passing, we got players into good positions in the final third. I think we showed good quality on the ball as well, and retained possession in tight areas.

"It was difficult for Sunderland to really get a foothold in the game because they want to play a high tempo game and get in your faces but we didn't allow them to do that.

"We were certainly in control in the tempo of the game, I thought we took the sting out of the game very well in the first half, and the second half we came out and scored two quick goals and that was the game won.

"Obviously there was a little wobble at the end when we conceded but we restricted them to very few opportunities and that is testament to how the back four performed today, we performed exceptionally well.

"You know when you come to the Stadium of Light that you have to compete and you have to ride out a storm because at some point in the game because you always feel that something will happen.

"Thankfully we didn't allow their team any encouragement today."

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