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Eastwood: Oh so close

9 April 2015

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Simon Eastwood reflected on a night of high emotion as Rovers missed out on a semi-final place in the FA Cup by the narrowest of margins.

No-one came closer than the Rovers goalkeeper himself, as he so very nearly took the match into extra-time with his last-gasp strike after leaving his own area to join the attack.

With the home side chasing an equaliser after Philippe Coutinho's second half goal, a 94th minute long throw gave Rovers an opportunity. Tommy Spurr sent the ball long into the box, Rudy Gestede headed down for Eastwood who took a touch, spun and fired, only to see Simon Mignolet save his effort on the line to make it a dramatic end to the match.

"When I saw the manager give me the signal I sprinted as fast as I could to go and get involved," Eastwood told Radio Rovers.

"I took a touch and just tried to hit it as quick as I could as I thought I was going to get tackled, but it looks like I had a bit more time than I thought. It was oh so close.

"Strikers always say hit the target and make the goalkeeper work as all it needs is a little bit of luck or the goalkeeper to spill and one of the lads to finish it and then it would have been game on.

"It is disappointing but the lads are proud of what we've done in the game tonight. The manager said that straight afterwards, we have given them a run for their money, it was a great game and at the end it was oh so close.

"We've come through beating Premier League clubs in the previous rounds, we went to Anfield and kept a clean sheet and brought them here and took them to the death.

"The manager is proud, the lads are proud and I think it has done the club a world of good.

"The fans were brilliant, the noise that they made really spurred the players on."

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