A PROUD Michael Appleton has hailed his Blackburn Rovers side after they moved into the FA Cup quarter finals with a 1-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Rovers stayed firm against heavy Arsenal pressure before Colin Kazim-Richards fired home the winner in the second half.

Appleton said: "I have said it for a while but it is about hard work, organisation and team effort. I thought the lads were fantastic.

"We will enjoy that and then focus on Hull City in the league on Tuesday night. Matches like that have to be great for the confidence.

"The fans were great and Im sure they will have a good night."