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GB: An unbelievable effort

22 November 2014

Gary Bowyer praised the side's never-say-die commitment as Rovers once again came from behind to claim all three points in a 2-1 win over Leeds United.

A second half brace from Jordan Rhodes saw Rovers rally, despite being down to ten men after Tom Cairney's red card.

Rovers trailed at the break after Souleymane Doukara had given the visitors the lead. But great persistence from Rhodes saw the striker take advantage of a defensive mix-up to get back on level terms.

After Cairney's card it looked like Rovers would have to settle for a hard-fought point but Luke Varney had other ideas, driving at the Leeds defence before being upended in the area by Sam Byram.

Rhodes stepped up and made no mistake, cooly slotting home to ensure a third successive home win for Rovers as they stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches.

"The effort from our players was unbelievable," Bowyer told Radio Rovers. "I thought we were excellent, second half especially. I thought we totally dominated the game.

"The one chance Leeds had in the second half was when they hit the post, apart from that I can't remember them getting out of their half. I thought we were that dominant.

"We kept probing away, we kept working it and switching the play, and it was just a case of keep going and that is what we did."

It was that sheer persistence that saw Rovers draw level on 71 minutes. Jordan Rhodes forcing defender and goalkeeper to get in each other's way for the striker to profit. But Bowyer revealed it was something that they'd shown the players in the build-up to the game.

Bowyer added: "Full credit to Jordan, he kept going chasing that lost cause, but it wasn't a fluke because we saw their goalkeeper do that against Cardiff. We prepared properly and we showed them so they knew to chase lost causes.

"Then as soon as it was a penalty there was no way anyone was going to take it off him. The mental strength from him was phenomenal.

"But I have to give Luke Varney a shout, that was a great effort from him. We were down to ten men and he's ran and ran at them. You saw the character from him. I'm sure he'd have preferred to have scored, he didn't quite but he won the penalty for us.

"The back four, Corry Evans, outstanding. The collective effort today has been nothing short of magnificent."

Rovers are on the road next weekend when they take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

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