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Berg: Late blow is a learning curve

7 November 2012

Blackburn boss Henning Berg believes being pegged back by Huddersfield striker Lee Novak's last-gasp goal in their 2-2 draw will prove a valuable learning experience for his players.

Berg looked on course to celebrate his first win since being appointed Rovers boss last week as goals from former Terriers striker Jordan Rhodes and Danny Murphy - the latter a controversial penalty - either side of half-time turned the match on its head after Novak had opened the scoring.

But in the dying seconds, Novak collected a hopeful ball into the area and prodded in after initially stumbling when he took a touch.

"I know in a football game, it's not over until the final whistle goes," the Norwegian said. "With three seconds to go you still hope to win the game and we would have if we had kept the ball, if we had made the right decisions with the ball in the last minute of the game, we would have come away with the three points."

Former Manchester United and Blackburn defender Berg thought his side had coped well repelling Town's advances having taken the lead but admitted they cannot afford to suffer lapses in injury time.

"Everybody would have been happy with the performance, we would have been happy with the result but it wasn't to be," he added.

"We've got a few young players in the team as well and this is a learning process for everybody. I hope that we learn the lesson today in terms of how we can kill games off and how we should use the ball in the last dying minutes of games."

Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson lambasted referee Roger East, putting scrutiny on his decision to award Blackburn a penalty. Marcus Olsson burst through on goal before being rashly tackled from behind by Joel Lynch.

"It was the wrong decision," said Grayson. "The referee will realise that when he sees it in the morning. I thought he was poor all round tonight with a lot of decisions."

He added: "We competed well, we were a little scrappy at times with possession of the ball, worked hard, put them under pressure, got the goal but you always know you're going to be up against it at times with the players they've got in their squad."

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