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The hard work and extra yards paid off for John Buckley against Sheffield Wednesday

3 November 2019

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Saturday was a day of firsts for a number of people involved with Blackburn Rovers Football Club.

It was the first time since the home clash against Peterborough United way back in April 2018 that Rovers had recovered from going behind to pick up all three points, with the latest haul coming in dramatic circumstances.

Tosin Adarabioyo's first ever senior goal was soon followed up by John Buckley, who recorded the same milestone with a late, late strike to win the game for Tony Mowbray's men on home turf.

Buckley's winning moment came against the club who he made his senior debut against towards the back of last season, and Mowbray was chuffed to see the talented 20-year-old - who had only entered the action just moments earlier - come up trumps with the deciding goal.

“I hope his parents were here," Mowbray declared to iFollow Rovers after the entertaining encounter against Garry Monk's Owls.

“John Buckley is a young player that we trust and that we believe in.

“It’s very difficult to give young boys some game time when the team are struggling or they haven’t been winning football matches that we believe we should have been.

“John is going to be a big player for this football club, I hope, in the future.

“Along with the likes of Lewis Travis and Ryan Nyambe, they are young players that have come through and that have to develop and grow.

“Nyambe, Buckley and Travis, every single day, they are the three that stay out, even if it’s pouring down or freezing cold, they stay out on the grass for half an hour after we’ve finished the training session, practicing heading, long passing, shooting," he revealed.

“They are just out there working and they deserve success.”

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