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Eastwood gave everything

30 November 2014

Gary Bowyer was over the moon with the performance of goalkeeper Simon Eastwood after his heroics in the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Eastwood made his first Rovers start since January, but he didn't disappoint with a man-of-the-match display at the Riverside.

It took a deflected shot from Patrick Bamford eight minutes from time to finally beat the Rovers keeper, but then Eastwood played his part by coming up for the corner in added time from which Rudy Gestede scored a dramatic equaliser.

"I jokingly said to him before the game to play the same as at QPR," said the Rovers boss. "But I didn't want him to be as busy as he was down there. He was outstanding.

"What he epitomises is what we are trying to do here in terms of who we bring into the club and how they are.

"The lad has never complained once about being out of the team in those ten months. He trains his hardest every day, he gives it everything, we are delighted for him."

The save of the match came just before the hour mark when a George Friend cross picked out Middlesbrough striker Jelle Vossen, but somehow Eastwood managed to not only get a hand to his goalbound header, but also get the ball over the bar.

"I've not seen it again, but in real-time it is just an unbelievable save," said a delighted Bowyer. "It has goal written all over it.

"We were disappointed that the lad was so free in the box from the cross, but Easty didn't give it up."

Bowyer had called for those who got their chance on Saturday to give him a selection dilemma going forward and that is something that Eastwood has certainly done with his display at the Riverside.

"It is what we are striving for - competition in all areas," added Bowyer. "People wanting to give everything and we've got that now."

Ewood Park plays host to Rovers' next league match when Sheffield Wednesday are the visitors on Saturday.

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