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Hard work pays off for Eastwood

1 December 2014

Saturday's man-of-the-match Simon Eastwood was delighted to play his part as Rovers claimed a point at the Riverside on Saturday.

In for the ineligible Jason Steele, Eastwood didn't disappoint, with an outstanding goalkeeping display against Middlesbrough.

Rudy Gestede's 95th minute equaliser saw Rovers stretch their current unbeaten run to nine games as the game ended 1-1, but that was in no small part due to Eastwood's heroics.

"It was nice to get a game again," said the Rovers keeper after the game. "I don't think I've played since mid-January last season so it has been quite a while.

"But I've been working hard in training waiting for my chance and it paid off today."

Eastwood was kept busy throughout, including an outstanding save on the hour mark. Sensationally tipping over a Jelle Vossen close-range header when it seemed certain the Dutchman would score.

When Boro did breach the Rovers backline, it was a deflected shot from Patrick Bamford that broke the deadlock seven minutes from time.

"There were quite a lot of shots in the game but I thought the lads did well," added Eastwood. "They dug in and kept going and it proved at the end that we never stopped working and got what we deserved.

"That was the annoying thing, the scruffy one that beats you, because you've made good saves, then the horrible ones, the deflections, is the one that beats you. But I'm just happy that we managed to get a point with the goal in the last minute.

"We never stop, we keep going until the end and we proved that again, we kept going and you never know what can happen. The most important thing is we got the result."

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