INFLUENTIAL winger Craig Conway was pleased with Blackburn Rovers’ performance in their Championship opener against his former club Cardiff City last night – but admitted better quality in the final third would have led them to winning the game.

Gary Bowyer’s side enjoyed 65 per cent of the possession in the 1-1 Ewood Park draw but apart from a Rudy Gestede header which looped inches wide and a Conway free kick flashed over late on, they did not go close to getting a winner after Tom Cairney had cancelled out Kenwyne Jones’ opener for Cardiff with an early contender for goal of the season.

And Conway, who was taking on the Bluebirds for the first time since leaving to join Rovers in January, said: “I felt we could have won it as we had more possession and created some chances without really looking too threatening.

“I just felt we needed a wee bit better quality in the final third, including myself with a couple of crosses which had a bit too much on them.

“But I thought for the first game it was promising.

“We kept the ball well and frustrated a team that has just come down from the Premiership.

“So overall it was a good point and good performance and if we’d had a wee bit more quality we could have got the three points.”