Blackburn's run of eight unbeaten away games in the Premier League came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United. Ironically, it was at Old Trafford that Rovers last tasted defeat on their travels on March 31st.
To compound boss Mark Hughes's disappointment he saw David Dunn dismissed for a second bookable offence midway early in the second half – “we were harshly done by,” claimed the Rovers chief.
Blackburn failed to score for the first time in eleven games on the road but it could have been all so different had Christopher Samba not hit the woodwork in the first half.
Cristiano Ronaldo then scored twice in a minute just before the break and whilst Rovers still took the game to United the dismissal of Dunn effectively ended the game as a spectacle.
"We're disappointed obviously," Hughes told Sky Sports. "I thought we more than held our own in the first half, we created some decent passages of play and had opportunities.
"We were very much in the game in the first half, but we switched off at a set-piece, didn't mark at a corner and we were 1-0 down.
"We talked about not conceding quickly after a first goal, if it's going to happen and unfortunately that's exactly what happened. It also happened in Europe against Larissa and we need to learn from that.
"In the second half, in the first five or six minutes we lose David Dunn to a challenge which is mistimed, but it wasn't a poor challenge, it wasn't a violent challenge.
"He was unlucky to get booked in the first half in my view, and we were harshly done by. In the second half we weren't able to show what a good team we are.
"We showed glimpses of what we can do in the first half. Unfortunately, the game was taken away from us."
"We are having a decent season. Today was disappointing, but we go on again."