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Nothing but praise

7 December 2013

Gary Bowyer hailed his squad after they were full value for a point against high-flying Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

The Rovers boss was full of criticism for the team after Tuesday's loss at Ipswich, but the players responded in the perfect manner against the promotion favourites much to his delight.

Rovers had the better of the first half with Lowe, Taylor and Dann going close, whilst the home side enjoyed the lion-share of the chances in the second as 'keeper Simon Eastwood, making his league debut, pulled off an outstanding save to deny Matty Phillips, whilst Charlie Austin hit the post.

The game ended goalless, a share of the spoils just about right.

"In the first half we had some great opportunities," said the Rovers boss post-match. "On another day we could have won the game.

"Chris Taylor had a header, Jason Lowe had a great chance, then there was Scott Dann's header at the end of the first half and then Jordan Rhodes had a great opportunity in the second half.

"After Tuesday's performance, the way we spoke with the players and how they reacted we are more than delighted with the response.

"It is a very difficult place to come, they are a top team, I expect them to get promoted automatically, so for us to get our first clean sheet away from home I have nothing but praise for our players."

Going into the game the Rovers boss made four changes from the side that tasted defeat against Ipswich and he was delighted with the effort and endeavour shown.

Bowyer added: "It had to be done, we've kept saying the same things away from home so it was a no-brainer really.

"We had to make the changes and the lads that came in have done terrifically well for us.

"Fair play to the players, but it is just frustrating that we had to go through what we went through on Tuesday to get that sort of response.

"People will say that is the benchmark now, it is up to the players now to maintain that level.

"We'll take the point and get ready for Millwall because that will present a different challenge altogether."

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