On the performance...
"I am very happy with the team and their resilience. I must say we battled very hard. We had good chances to score the second goal many times. Unfortunately we conceded a bad goal ourselves. Overall I felt we dealt with set-pieces and the main threat from Blackburn was long balls. We dealt well with it. The players are of course frustrated because we should have come home with three points but let's just keep that attitude in the future."

On Blackburn's equaliser...
"Of course Jens is really unhappy with it. He is really down in the dressing room. I don't need to tell him he made a mistake, he is an intelligent boy and he knows that. We do not want to blame him today. We just want to take the positives from our behaviour."

On Blackburn...
"We were very resilient against a team who were overphysical. We dealt well with the problem we had."

On the title race after Mancheseter United's defeat...
"It looks like it will be tighter. We have only played two games of course. Away from home we are disappointed because we did not win but it is not a bad result to take a point at Blackburn. I am confident we will be up there but with whom I don't know. I still think Manchester United will recover and come back. Three games played is not a lot."

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