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A great defensive display

2 March 2015

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Boss Gary Bowyer was delighted with the way his side defended as claimed a point and a clean sheet against Bournemouth on Saturday.

A resolute rearguard display meant Rovers became the first side this season to prevent the Cherries from scoring in front of their own fans.

The manager was full of praise for the way the back four and goalkeeper performed, particularly after losing Shane Duffy and Grant Hanley to injury in the build-up to the match.

"I think a lot of hard work went into that," Bowyer told Rovers Player.

"We haven't had much luck in terms of we lose Shane Duffy on Thursday, he has an operation and is out for the season.

"Then we lose Grant Hanley on Friday morning mid-session with a leg injury and that might take a couple of days longer than we thought, so we are disappointed with that.

"But then the two lads that played centre half, Killa and Alex Baptiste, you'd have thought they'd been playing together all season, they were magnificent.

"First and foremost Steely has made some great saves, and then on top of the two centre halves the two full backs did ever so well.

"It was a massive team effort, it was all about the team."

Rovers are back in action this Wednesday night when they face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough - kick-off 7.45pm.

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