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Mixed emotions

Posted: Sat 27 Apr 2013
Author: rovers.co.uk

Gary Bowyer had mixed emotions after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

The point against Ian Holloway's side means Rovers aren't currently mathematically safe but it would require an unlikely run of results for that not to be the case ahead of the final game of the season next week.

It was a hard fought point against a good Crystal Palace side, the visitors taking the lead on 28 minutes through Stephen Dobbie.

Rovers' hitman Jordan Rhodes put Rovers back on level terms just before the break and whilst no further goals were scored, it was an entertaining way to end the home campaign.

"I thought today we've shown against a team that is in the play-offs how we can compete against them," Bowyer told Radio Rovers.

"In the second half we passed it well and had long spells in their half at times, we just needed a little bit more care in their final third.

"It was a great effort from the lads following the physical output that they gave on Tuesday night.

"It is a strange feeling in the changing rooms, we're happy to be in this league next season, but we feel that with what has gone off this season it is mixed emotions really.

"It is a strange feeling, pride because we've stayed in the league, pride because people outside the football club have attacked us.

"But at the start of the season we'd have been looking to get promoted and bounce back to the Premier League but it hasn't worked out like that this season. That is a disappointment.

"I've said all along that it is a good club, there are some good people at this club, we've just got to make sure that we never have another season like this."

Rovers end the season next Saturday away at Birmingham City. Tickets are currently on sale at www.onerovers.co.uk priced at £27.00 Adults, £16.00 Senior Citizens aged 65 and over and Students aged 18-22 and in full time education, £11.00 13 – 18 year olds and £7.00 Under 13s.