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King was unplayable

15 February 2015

Gary Bowyer hailed the performance of hat-trick hero Josh King as Rovers dumped Stoke City out of the FA Cup.

The Norwegian international hit a sensational treble as Rovers put another Premier League side to the sword in the competition with a 4-1 win.

Rovers went behind early on as Peter Crouch gave the Potters the lead but after that it was one way traffic as Josh King and strike partner Rudy Gestede stole the show.

King nodded Rovers level before winning the penalty that Gestede converted to see the home side in front at the break.

The second half saw Rovers step it up further with Gestede twice laying on the killer pass for King to race through and put the game beyond Mark Hughes' side.

Speaking on Radio Rovers after the match the manager felt that the players executed the game plan to exploit the pace of King perfectly.

"You do your home work and you identify areas you think you can exploit," said Bowyer.

"We did it against Swansea with him and we identified that today. We were 4-4-2, two up top against them and we had a right good go at it.

"Josh has got unbelievable pace. The players need to put the ball in the right areas for him to exploit that pace and I thought they did that brilliantly. We made the game very simple for us when we had the ball.

"Josh knows himself that he's got to produce more and today has been his day, the two finishes were excellent.

"The balls that were put in for him were terrific but even then he's got a long way to go. He's got a lot going through his mind as he closes in on goal and he's slotted both of them away ever so well."

The draw for the quarter-finals takes place on BBC1 on Monday evening at approximately 7.35pm. Rovers are ball number six.

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