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Thoroughly deserved

4 March 2015

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Gary Bowyer couldn't praise his side highly enough after they beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Hillsborough.

The Rovers boss felt the team showed bravery and determination to win a hugely competitive Roses clash to make it four points from their last two away games.

On Saturday Rovers were resolute to earn a point against Bournemouth, and on Wednesday night they followed that up with a great display to earn all three points against the Owls.

"It was a magnificent performance," Bowyer told Rovers Player. "We spoke on Friday about starting the week right, we did that against Bournemouth and we've continued that tonight.

"I thought we thoroughly deserved it, we were terrific in terms of how we went about it, it is difficult place to come, the crowd get behind them, and the pitch isn't conducive to football.

"But we were brave to play football in periods and I thought we were outstanding with the character that we showed."

After a slow start Rovers stormed into a two-goal lead in the first half. Jordan Rhodes opening the scoring on 17 minutes with a cute finish, before Adam Henley completed a fine flowing move with his first career goal some nine minutes later.

"Chris Brown did ever so well with Tommy Spurr's throw and it is a fabulous finish from Jordan to anticipate the knock-on and put it in," added the Rovers boss.

"Then Adam Henley's goal is worthy of winning any football match. It is a fantastic team goal, I'm delighted for him."

In the second half Rovers had to show different qualities but despite the home side pulling a goal back just past the hour mark, the Lancashire side saw the game out to finish worthy winners.

"There were times were we held firm and showed that resilience and the character.

"There were a lot of fouls in the game that we didn't get, and as a result we were under an enormous amount of pressure at times. But they stood so firm, it was terrific.

"The last two away games have been a wonderful effort from the whole squad, we now look forward to the game on Sunday."

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