Mark Hughes claims losing is not an option for his Blackburn side on the first day of the season when they travel to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

With Blackburn´s second Premier League match being against Arsenal a week on Sunday, Hughes fears that unless his players get off to a good start at the Riverside they will be playing catch-up.

He said: "We want to hit the ground running and the first win is vitally important."

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