Blackburn Rovers warmed up for their Sky Bet Championship clash against Stoke City with a 2-2 draw at promotion-chasing Brentford.
It was a decent enough result for Rovers at Griffin Park but manager Tony Mowbray was left “frustrated and disappointed” after seeing his side let a two-goal lead slip away.
An Adam Armstrong brace put the visitors in the driving seat but the Bees hit back through Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma to earn a point.
It was tough on a well-drilled Rovers side that took control of the midfield for long spells against a side Mowbray rates very highly.
“For the majority of the game we managed them pretty well and we know what talented individuals they’ve got and how they can build pressure,” he said.
“We got to the point where the crowd were about to turn on them after a few misplaced passes and then a bit of magic from their centre forward changes things.”
Mowbray had doubts about the penalties awarded to both sides, one for Bees keeper David Raya’s push on John Buckley and the other for Lewis Travis’s trip on Mads Roerslev.
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“The officials had a tough day,” he added. “If we had VAR it might have been 1-1. We have frustration about their penalty – it looked ridiculously soft to me.
“That said, they are a very good football team well coached and a well-run club but for long spells we were on top, so we leave frustrated and disappointed.”
Stoke take on Blackburn at Ewood Park on Wednesday evening (7.45pm).