BLACKBURN boss Tony Mowbray thought Cherries did not necessarily deserve a 2-0 victory at Ewood Park but admitted: “You could always feel their individual quality was there.”

Philip Billing fired home his sixth goal of the season to give the visitors a first-half lead, which was doubled by Arnaut Danjuma’s well-placed finish in the 75th minute – his fourth in five games.

Asmir Begovic then saved Adam Armstrong’s injury-time penalty as Cherries sealed a league double over Blackburn.

Speaking about Jonathan Woodgate’s side, Mowbray said: “They have got some high-quality players.

“I think we gave a good account of ourselves generally in the first half, without reaching the levels we know we can do.

“We threatened their goal more than they threatened our goal in the first half, I think. Yet you could always feel their individual quality was there.

“Their goal first half came out of nothing really. It wasn’t as if you felt the pressure building. The ball dropped in the box and it’s in. Those sort of moments aren’t going our way.

“It wasn’t coming, but it drops and the clinical quality of the lad sticks it in the net.

“I’m not sure what Jonathan has said, but I’m not sure they played well enough to think that they deserved to win 2-0, but there you go.

“I don’t think necessarily they deserved to win 2-0. I don’t think it was that type of game.

“I think they do have quality at the top end of the pitch and it can make the difference. We huffed and puffed, once again we didn’t score a goal and there’s too many games where we haven’t scored a goal.”

Defeat left Rovers 17th in the league table, with 46 points from 40 games. Cherries remain a point outside the top six with a game in hand.