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Pleased with the performance

28 December 2014

Gary Bowyer was delighted with the response the players showed to earn a goalless draw against Middlesbrough.

After the disappointment of the Boxing Day defeat at Bolton, Rovers were full value for a share of the points in an end-to-end Ewood encounter.

"I thought we started nervously against a very good side and only after 20 minutes did we get into the game," Bowyer told Radio Rovers.

"We probably gave them too much respect at the start of the match but that was probably more out of nerves.

"But the crowd got behind us and I think that lifted the players. The injury to Olsson didn't help, we had to reshuffle.

"Against top opposition I think we have learned a lot about our young group today. They didn't hide and they could have, they've come on again today, I'm proud and pleased with their performances.

"Once Easty has made two outstanding saves we had chances. You always felt that we would have an opportunity to nick it but Rudy sees his header cleared off the line.

"After such a disappointment at Bolton it was important that we bounced back and I think we did that, it showed how much they care and how much they are getting better.

"The measure of the lads that we've got in the group is that they are half-disappointed that they've not won it today.

"We've just got to keep encouraging them and keep supporting them and watch them grow because they are turning into some wonderful footballers."

Rovers are in FA Cup action next Saturday when they travel to the Valley to take on Charlton Athletic.

Tickets are on open sale for the match priced at £10 for Adults, £5 Concessions.

Book online today at www.onerovers.co.uk.

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