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TC: About time

6 April 2015

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Tom Cairney was relieved to finally get back amongst the goals as he helped put one over one of his former clubs on Saturday.

The Rovers midfielder hasn't found the back of the net since the first month of the season, but was delighted to break that run with the opening goal as they went on to comfortably defeat Leeds United 3-0 at Elland Road.

Released by Leeds at the age of 16, Cairney had a hand in the build-up as Jordan Rhodes soon notched a second, before Jay Spearing scored a third to send all of a blue and white persuasion home happy.

"We've been having a joke over the last few weeks that it was about time I scored and that I only do so in training," said the midfielder after the match.

"So of course it was nice to score today, especially against Leeds. I had a lot of friends and family in the crowd so to do it made it extra special.

"Rudy went through and it came out to me, I just concentrated on my first touch really, it bounced and then I concentrated on hitting the target, it flew it in and it was a nice feeling.

"Any win in this league is hard but away from home it is even tougher. They started well in the first 15 minutes, the crowd was behind them after the minute's silence, so it was tough.

"But we grew into it and after the lad got sent off I think we just need that first goal. We got it and after that we were comfortable and we should have scored a few more."

Cairney now hopes his goal can kick start a free scoring end to the season, in a similar manner to how he ended the last campaign.

He added: "Last season I went a while without scoring but then I scored at Barnsley away and went on a run towards the end of the season so if that starts a little run like last season I'll be more than happy."

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

Tickets are currently on sale to all Rovers fans with a database history of purchasing tickets to Rovers matches.

Prices for all areas are: £30 Adults, £22.50 for Seniors (65+), £15 for fans aged 17-21 and £5 for Juniors aged 16 and under.

To reserve your place for the big match book online at and collect your tickets from the Roverstore collection point on the day of the game.

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