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So proud of everyone

8 April 2015

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It was a case of mixed emotions for boss Gary Bowyer as Rovers pushed Liverpool all the way at Ewood Park on Wednesday evening.

It was also a tale of two Simon's as Mignolet for Liverpool made three crucial saves, the last of which denied Eastwood of Rovers a fairytale equaliser in the dying seconds.

Little separated the two sides over the two matches, except for Philippe Coutinho's 70th minute goal that turned out to be the winner for the visitors.

Despite the loss, Bowyer was rightly proud of the way the team and the supporters played their part in what was another special night at Ewood under the lights.

"My emotion is one of enormous pride for the whole football club," Bowyer told Radio Rovers.

"Players, staff, the supporters were truly magnificent. We asked them to sing for the full 90 minutes and they certainly did that and beyond.

"It is also one of disappointment. We've really pushed them, we've had a tremendous effort over the two games.

"If you compare the saves then Mignolet has produced the better saves over the two games. We felt we might have had a shout of a penalty from one of them, we thought Joe Allen stuck his arm out and it hit his hand from Marshy's header.

"We had a right good go, Mignolet has produced three or four good saves and even at the death when 'Johnny on the spot' Simon Eastwood pops up and does a pirouette and hits it you are just hoping it goes either side of him or pops out and it didn't pop out far enough for the four that were rushing on.

"But that just shows you the honesty and the commitment that these lads have got, I have nothing but pride in their performance. The way they kept battling and kept going and the belief that they had.

"It was a great performance from them."

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