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We showed grit and determination

7 December 2015

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Goalscorer Grant Hanley paid tribute to the team after Saturday's 2-0 victory over Bristol City.

The club captain got Rovers off the mark with a close-range strike on the hour, before Ben Marshall wrapped up the win with a penalty four minutes from time.

The Rovers defender felt it was a real determined display from the lads, and whilst admitting they weren't at their fluent best at times, they showed their 'dirty side' to get the points. 

"I thought the lads were brilliant and full credit to them they showed great grit and determination," said the captain.

"It was always going to be a tough game, coming away from home in this league always is, but especially with the conditions as it was windy and the pitch wasn't too great, so it was hard to get playing.

"Bristol are a good side, they are set up, they are organised and they are tough to play against. So full credit to the lads they dug in and did the bad side of the game, the dirty things well, and ground out the three points which is massive for us."

The Scottish international was also pleased with the way the players showed patience after Bristol City went down to ten men.

After somehow escaping a second yellow on the half hour after a foul on Jordan Rhodes, Robins defender Nathan Baker eventually got his marching orders early in the second after bodychecking Tom Lawrence.

"Sometimes when you play against ten men it is actually harder because they sit in and shut up shop and it seems as though the longer it goes on the harder it is to score," added Hanley.

"So the goal probably came at a good time for us and gave us something to hold onto. I made them come out and push as they needed to score and that is how Olsson got in and got us the penalty, Marshy put it away and it was game over.

"We had a game plan and we stuck to it, the lads were brilliant, it is a massive three points away from home for us."

Hanley and Rovers are back in action this Friday night when Rotherham United are the visitors to Ewood Park.

Tickets for the match will be on sale until the 7.45pm kick-off, priced from £13 for Adults, from £9 for Seniors and 18-21 year-olds and from just £4 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Why not avoid the matchday queues and order your tickets online at

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