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We gave everything we could

13 September 2015

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Gary Bowyer felt Rovers didn't get the points their play merited after going down 2-1 to Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Rovers showed excellent battling qualities to bounce back after the disappointment of going two goals behind to do more than enough to earn at least a point in the lunchtime clash.

Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele put the home side in front but after that it was all one-way traffic towards the Fulham goal.

Andy Lonergan made key saves at the end of the first half from Nathan Delfouneso and Ben Marshall, before denying Craig Conway in the second.

But after Jordan Rhodes had struck the post, the striker grabbed his first of the season from the penalty spot after he was fouled by James Husband.

Rovers then saw claims for a goal waved away after a clearance rebounded off Grant Hanley and crossed the line, before Jamie O'Hara cleared. The official on the near side unsighted to the fact that the ball enter the net.

However, despite plenty of pressure, including Fode Koita also striking the woodwork, Rovers just couldn't grab that elusive second goal.

"The feeling is one of major disappointment," said Bowyer after the game.

"We've come here against an expensive side and we've been the better team by far. After going behind it was a fabulous response from our lads.

"I think Lonergan was the man-of-the-match by a long way. He saved from Delfouneso and Marshall in the first half and you come in thinking we are more than in this game as we could have quite easily been level.

"So we asked them to have a good go and to leave nothing and give it everything you've got, and you certainly saw that.

"We hit the bar, we hit the post, we had one cleared off the line, and we've had one actually cross the line but the officials didn't do their job properly."

Despite the loss, Bowyer was still upbeat: "We'd be concerned if we weren't creating chances. "It is something that we've got to stick at and keep that belief and eventually it is going to turn for us.

"We haven't lost the game though lack of effort or a lack of commitment, we just haven't been lucky enough in front of goal and with certain decisions."

Rovers are back in London on Wednesday night when they take on Queens Park Rangers.

Tickets are still on open sale for the match at Loftus Road. Priced from £27 for Adults, from £18 for Seniors over 60 and 16-21 year-olds, and from £12 for Under-16s.

Call the ticket office for further information on 01254 372000

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