Under 21s boss Eric Kinder was delighted with his side's application and commitment after holding Southampton to a goalless draw in the 1st leg of the U21 Premier League Cup final.
Against older and more experienced opposition, the young Rovers more than held their own to ensure it is all to play for in next Monday's second leg at St. Mary's.
It was a closely run contest between the two hardworking sides, with Southampton just edging the chances, but Rovers defended well throughout to keep them at bay in front of 1000 fans at Ewood Park.
"We had a team talk yesterday and said whatever happens make sure we are still in the game when we go down there," Kinder told Rovers Player after the match.
"Our game plan was that we have to be in a position where we can win the game and we've certainly done that.
"I'm delighted with them, I thought they were excellent tonight, their work ethic, developed over the last few months, was put into play tonight.
"And with just a little bit more luck we could be going down there with a lead.
"But I'll take that, we've said all along that we want to be in a position where we can win it and it now becomes a one-off final which is what we wanted all along so we are absolutely delighted.
"I can't single out any of the players I thought they were all magnificent."
The second leg takes place at St. Mary's Stadium on Monday 20th April, kick-off 7.00pm. The game will be shown live on Sky Sports.