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8 August 2015

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Boss Gary Bowyer felt Rovers deserved to take something from their opening day defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It was a controversial goal on the stroke of half-time that proved to be the difference between the two sides after a Carl Ikeme own goal had cancelled out Benik Afobe's opener.

Play stopped as Dave Edwards diverted Nouha Dicko's centre into the back of the net, but inexplicably, the officials allowed the goal to stand.

Rovers pressed for an equaliser in the second half, Adam Henley saw claims for a penalty waved away, whilst substitute Fode Koita had a shot tipped onto the bar.

But despite the result, the manager felt the players could be pleased with their days work.

"I thought we came out of the traps ever so well," Bowyer told Radio Rovers.

"I thought we were terrific for the first 25 minutes of the first half, but then we got caught on the counter and it was a bit of a scruffy goal.

"But the response was magnificent from the players and you think that going in 1-1 at half-time was the least we deserved.

"So then to get caught with the sucker-punch of the second was hard. The players are adamant that it was handball, and you only need to look at the reaction of the Wolves lads to know that.

"We encouraged the players to keep going and I felt we did that in the second half.

"Then there's the big decision with Adam's penalty, it is quite clearly a penalty and it is disappointing.

"But again we stuck at it and Fode comes on and showed glimpses of what he is capable of. It was a wonderful save to tip his shot onto the post.

"The players didn't stop and I knew they wouldn't. With Rudy going we've had to try and encourage the players to play a different way and I thought they made a decent start with it.

"I thought the supporters were terrific and they saw what we are trying to do. It is really disappointing that we haven't taken something from the game because they thoroughly deserved it."

Rovers are on cup duty this Tuesday night with Shrewsbury Town the visitors to Ewood Park in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Tickets are on open sale priced at just £10 for Adults, £5 Seniors/18-21yrs, and just £1 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Book online today at and collect from Ewood Park on the day of the game.

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