Aston Villa striker Milan Baros found his manager David O'Leary in forgiving mood after his hat-trick of spurned opportunities at Ewood Park.
"He was very down in the dressing room afterwards," said O'Leary. "He knows he's missed a lot of chances. But judge him on his goals.
"He's missed them today but he's still got ten in 22 games. That's almost as many as all the Liverpool strikers put together.
"He hasn't done it this time but he's still averaging virtually one in two for us and I just hope he's just saved one or two up for Manchester City on Tuesday night.
"Maybe he's got the bad luck out of the way, because I'll settle for being lucky at M an City and getting through. I don't want anybody telling me again 'You played great, but you lost'. It would be nice if we mugged them."
Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen was the other main villain at Ewood, having been at fault with both the Black-burn goals. But O'Leary was equally supportive there, too. "I think we all know Tom could have done better," he said. "Is that diplomatic enough?
"We've totally dominated the game, we should have been leading and then, all of a sudden, we're one down when we should have been way up.
"We played like this at Middlesbrough six weeks ago and created the same sort of chances. But we were ruthless that day and you just can't afford to keep missing openings like we did here.
"The story of the game really was that Blackburn took their two chances and, of the ten at least that we had, we've taken none.
"But, apart from the penalty we should have had, Brad Friedel was in inspired form and you've just to take results like this on the chin."
O'Leary could at least feel comforted by the words of Blackburn's Mark Hughes, who went as far as any victorious Premiership manager will ever go to admitting that Rovers had got away with it.