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Great to end with a win

2 May 2015

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Gary Bowyer was pleased Rovers were able to finish the season with a win in front of the home support on the final day of the season.

In an entertaining final encounter of the campaign, Rovers edged Ipswich Town 3-2 on a day of celebration at Ewood Park.

David Dunn captained the side on his last appearance for the club and it was fitting that the Blue and Whites were able to celebrate victory for the hometown favourite on last time.

The visitors also had celebrations of their own as results elsewhere ensured a top six finish and a place in the end of season play-offs.

"We spoke before the game that we wanted to finish the season off seven unbeaten and that is what we have done," Bowyer told Radio Rovers.

"It is something to take into the summer because it is a long break and it is always better to go into it off the back of a win.

"We wanted to do it in front of our supporters and I am glad that we did."

The visitors upset the script by taking the lead after just 90 seconds. Town top scorer Daryl Murphy slamming home a volley from a Jay Tabb corner kick.

But Rovers hit back well with two goals in six minutes from Jordan Rhodes and Craig Conway to give them the advantage at the break. Something Rudy Gestede extended soon after.

And although Murphy grabbed his second from the spot in the closing stages, Rovers were able to see the match out to claim a last day victory.

Bowyer added: "It was a fantastic strike from one of the best strikers in the league. He and Sears gave us a tough time in the first 15 minutes. It has been a real baptism in the last three games for Darragh, but he's stuck up to it.

"We got back into the game and I thought we were really impressive leading up to half-time as the goals we scored were well worked goals, and then we built on it again in the second half through Rudy.

"After that it became a bit of a basketball game and it could have been 7-7. But I'm delighted that we have managed to see it through as we have thrown away too many leads this season, and also, it was the proper way to send David Dunn off."

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