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Hard-earned and well-deserved

2 January 2017

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Boss Owen Coyle was delighted to see Rovers start 2017 with all three points with a hard-fought victory over Newcastle United.

Just like the match at St. James' Park back in November, it was a second half goal from Charlie Mulgrew that secured the points in the Rovers' favour. The Scottish international slamming home a 74th minute free-kick.

Rovers had to withstand plenty of pressure from the league leaders, but they stood strong to claim a league double over the Magpies.

"We had to show a bit of everything that we have today," Coyle told Radio Rovers after the game.

"We had to show the spirit, endeavour, the heart for the fight, fight and bravery against a side that I believe will go on and be the champions of the division.

"But we also provided a threat and we looked like we could get goals in the game and ultimately it has come from a wonderful Charlie Mulgrew free-kick.

"In the first half Jason Steele had to make a couple of very good saves, then there were two correct disallowed decisions in the second half.

"But the important thing was that no matter how that we got the three points today, off the back of what now looks like a very good point against Huddersfield.

"It was a valuable three points, I thought it was hard-earned and well-deserved."

Rovers are on FA Cup duty next Saturday when they travel to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers.

Tickets are currently on open sale for the third round clash with the advanced prices of £10 for Adult season ticket holders, £5 for Senior season ticket holders, £5 for 18-21 year-old season ticket holders and £1 for Under-18s who are season ticket holders.

Prices on the day and for those who aren't season ticket holders are £15 for Adults, £10 for Seniors and 18-21 year-olds, and £5 for Under-18s.

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