Hanley will learn from Blackburn Rovers red card, says Kilgallon
MATT Kilgallon insists his fellow Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley will learn from his sending off in yesterday’s late defeat at Wigan Athletic.
Hanley was handed the captain’s armband by Rovers boss Gary Bowyer after Scott Dann was ruled out with a thigh injury sustained in the midweek win over Watford.
But the Scotland international lasted just 31 minutes on the pitch before he was dismissed for appearing to hit out at Latics striker Nick Powell.
Kilgallon, who started alongside Hanley in the middle of the Rovers defence, said: “I didn’t see it as I was running after the ball and I turned around and Grant has got in him a figure four leg lock!
“I’ve seen it back and he’ll learn from it.
“He’s played a lot of games but he’s a young lad.”
When asked if Hanley, 21, had given referee Stuart Attwell no choice, Kilgallon said: “I don’t want to say because I like Grant and I’m good mates with him but I think he’ll learn from it.”
Kilgallon, at 29, was the oldest player in the Rovers starting line-up.
He feels his young team-mates deserved better.
“We showed great spirit together for 60 minutes with 10 men and the concentration showed by the players, and the way we talked and stuck together, was great, “ said Kilgallon, who enjoyed an impressive full debut after coming in for Dann.
“We’re absolutely gutted about the result but although it’s a loss, it could be good for us in the long run.
“Even with 10 men they weren’t causing us many problems.
“They’ve had a lot of set-plays – they must have had 20 of them – but we had 5ft 6in midfielders picking up 6ft 2in centre-halves had doing a great job.
“With 11 men we would have had an easier game.”
Wigan’s win completed a weekend to remember for the town after its rugby league team, Wigan Warriors, came from behind to win the Super League Grand Final on Saturday.
Latics boss Owen Coyle said: “You saw it last night in the rugby league, that comeback was amazing, and again today the lads showed a lot of good attributes there that really pleased me.”
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