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Use QPR as the turning point

18 September 2015

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After taking the lead for the first time this season, and a first goal from open play by Jordan Rhodes, Gary Bowyer wants Rovers to follow that up with a first three points of the season on Saturday.

The manager maintains the belief is still there amongst the squad despite the disappointment of letting a lead slip twice against Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday night.

But he insists the players can use the midweek match as the turning point by claiming the win over Charlton at Ewood.

"Psychologically for the players that was a big one taking the lead, we'd spoke about it going into the QPR game," said the Rovers boss.

"Again, positives, we took the lead for the first time, Jordan Rhodes scored his first open play goal, and we responded well from giving away a real schoolboy stuff goal.

"So the belief is there from the players, you can see the commitment that they've got for each other.

"If we use QPR as the turning point and get that first win on Saturday then there is no reason why these players can't go on an unbelievable run and get us back up there.

"You've got to finish really strong, it is a long season and hopefully this is our blip now and we are having it at the beginning and not at the end."

Bowyer would be satisfied with the ugliest win possible, but he doesn't believe the current crop of players will stand for that.

"I don't think it is possible with the group of players that we have to be like that," added the manager.

"The level of performances that we are playing in my opinion is probably the best that we've had since I've been in charge in terms of with the ball.

"Against Fulham and again against QPR, a team that had just got relegated from the Premier League, we were terrific.

"We've just got to concentrate on the performances and keep that going with this group of players, you can see that they are really enjoying playing that the way they are playing."

Tickets for Saturday's match against Charlton are on open sale up until the 3.00pm kick-off with prices from just £18 for Adults, £12 for Seniors aged 65 and over, £12 for 18-21 year-olds and from £7 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

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