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A disciplined and deserved victory

4 April 2015

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Gary Bowyer applauded a thoroughly professional display as Rovers defeated Leeds United 3-0 at Elland Road.

After the hosts were reduced to ten men, a confident second half display saw the Lancastrians score three unanswered goals.

Tom Cairney opened the scoring just past the hour mark, firing home after good work from Rudy Gestede, before Chris Brown teed up Jordan Rhodes for his 17th of the season.

Jay Spearing notched his first in Rovers colours ten minutes from time, and it could have been more as Rhodes and Ben Marshall both struck the frame of the goal.

"I'm absolutely delighted today," said the Rovers boss. "I thought we were very disciplined and very organised.

"We played some great stuff today and could have scored more than actually did on the day.

"I think it was a really impressive display of playing against ten men. You've seen numerous times in games where the ten men rally. We knew that Leeds would, but I thought we were very professional and very disciplined with our performance.

"Some of the football was really good and the chances that we created and the quality of the goals was magnificent."

The Rovers boss was as surprised as anyone when Leeds midfielder Rodolph Austin was shown a straight red card after an altercation at a  39th minute corner kick. The linesman on the near side spotting an infringement, with referee Gary Sutton giving Austin his marching orders.

"I thought the linesman had given a goal kick from the corner going out and in," added Bowyer. "That was the general opinion.

"So when he produced the red card I was very surprised. I've not seen the incident yet but if the linesman has seen it then fair play to him for acting on it and doing his job."

The win over Leeds means that Rovers have won their last three matches away from home, the perfect result ahead of the cup replay against Liverpool.

Bowyer continued: "The quality of the squad shone through again today, it will give them a massive confidence boost going into Wednesday."

Rovers are back in action this Wednesday night when they take on Liverpool in their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Ewood Park.

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