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Bowyer defends Hanley over claims

30 April 2013

Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has sprung to the defence of young centre half Grant Hanley.

After last Saturday’s Championship 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Ewood Park, the Palace manager Ian Holloway claimed that Scotland international Hanley had ‘cheated’ in a challenge the visitors felt should have resulted in them being awarded a penalty.

Bowyer said: “Following on from what was a competitive game and a well-earned point against a good Crystal Palace side, I was disappointed to read Ian’s post-match comments. 

“It was a poor choice of word and we strongly refute the claims that Grant or any other player at this club would deliberately cheat.

“Grant is a young lad who has been outstanding for us this season. He should be commended for the consistently high level of performances he has produced this term and not pilloried for one challenge that was deemed acceptable by the match officials. 

“Ian (Holloway) clearly felt his side should have been awarded a penalty, but we too felt that we were denied a stonewall penalty when Josh Morris was tripped in the box. We wish Palace all the best in their pursuit of the play-offs.”

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