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Bowyer: We didn't play well

Posted: Sat 08 Feb 2014
Author: rovers.co.uk

Gary Bowyer was pleased to come away from Middlesbrough with a point after a below-par display.

Rovers made it four unbeaten with the goalless draw but that was in no small part to the performance of Paul Robinson.

The former England stopper made several key saves, particularly in the first half as an off-colour Rovers weathered the conditions.

Speaking after the match the Rovers boss said: "We've said for a while now that it is about picking up points and when you can come to a place like this and pick up a point when we've not played particularly well it is a good sign.

"We are the first to admit that we didn't play well, especially in the first half, so you have to be pleased with taking the point.

"It is another clean sheet, that is eleven for the season now, there are still positives to build on from this."

In recent matches Rovers have been the dominant side from the off, but this wasn't the case at the Riverside as they had to quell numerous attacks from the home side.

Mustapha Carayol was the danger-man for Boro, Paul Robinson twice saving well to deny the winger.

After the half-time introduction of Adam Henley, Carayol was less of a threat as Rovers saw the game out to claim a point.

"We struggled, both with and without the ball," added the manager.

"We were indebted to the goalkeeper on numerous occasions so it was important that we got in at half time still at 0-0.

"We had a good chat, made the adjustments that we needed to make and I thought we were a lot better. Tom Cairney has a shot that might have gone in but Shay Given saves.

"But we haven't done well enough in the attacking third. It was 31 minutes before we did something with intent and that was Rudy's run and pass for Jordan Rhodes.

"That isn't what we've been about this season, we've just got to take this one and be happy that we are walking away with a point."