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We owed it to the fans - Elliott

Bennett delighted to send the 2,000 travelling Rovers fans home happy

21 August 2017

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Elliott Bennett was a happy man after Rovers got their season up and running at Bradford - and he dedicated the victory to the terrific travelling fans.

Following defeats to Doncaster and Southend, Tony Mowbray's side picked up their first points of the new season with a 1-0 win at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Rovers were roared on by almost 2,000 fans in West Yorkshire and Bennett was delighted that the team could send them home happy with three points.

Speaking after the game, the 28-year-old said: "It's massive. We're obviously disappointed with the start we've had, but we always knew that we'd get that win eventually and thankfully it was today.

"It was a really tough place to come, they've not lost here for quite a long time, so it's always important to win games and it's fantastic to do it for the great away following we had today.

"They followed us down at Southend, where we disappointed and then we disappointed last week at home (to Doncaster), so hopefully today has made up a little bit for the disappointing start we had.

"It means a lot to the players and obviously it means a lot to the fans. We just need to keep that togetherness within the club.

"When you get beat there's always criticism flying around and sometimes it's fully deserved, so with that performance today, hopefully we've sent the 2,000 travelling fans home really happy and we're happy in that dressing room to get the three points.

"I've said it before, football is nothing without fans. You haven't got a football club without fans. They work hard throughout the week, they pay their hard-earned money and they want to come and watch you play, so as a group we're well aware of that and we're happy to get that first win, but it's just a start."  

In what was a hard-fought encounter, Rovers matched Bradford's desire and determination - a pre-match requisite from the manager - and sealed the success thanks to Dominic Samuel's third goal in as many games.

Bennett says that the standards have now been set, in terms of commitment and cohesion, and he is confident that Rovers will reap the rewards.

"I really enjoyed it," he added. "That's what we need to do every week.

"There's no magic about it. We had to work hard today.

"We had to out-work them, we had to out-run them and then you just hope that your quality shows through on the day.

"I thought for a long period of the game we were in control and then at the end it's about digging in and we did that fantastically well today.

"The first two games weren't good enough from my personal point of view and as a team, so we worked all week on putting it right and I thought that really showed today.

"I thought everyone was fantastically committed and together, flying into challenges, we were backing each other up and I just thought it was a really hard-working performance, but then thrown in there we had a lot of quality as well.

"We can never shy away from it. We've got a really, really good group of lads in that dressing room, that are all desperate to do well and we've all got the same goal and if we have to fight week-in week-out we will do it and when there's times to play we've got to play and try to impose our brand of football onto the other team.

"Bradford are a good football club. You saw the fans that they had here today and the last few seasons they've been right up there on the verge of getting promoted, so it was no easy place to come, but we go home with a 1-0 win, so we're obviously delighted and hopefully this can kick us on now."

Rovers are back in action this Wednesday night when Burnley are the visitors to Ewood Park in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

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