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Blackburn Rovers' boss: We've got the fight
3:51pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport
BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer believes the defeat to Wigan Athletic proved he now has the players who are willing to put their bodies on the line for the club.
Bowyer was left crestfallen after his 10-man side crashed to a late 2-1 loss at the DW Stadium on Sunday.
But his disappointment at seeing Emmerson Boyce’s injury-time header go in was tempered by the way Rovers performed after Grant Hanley was sent off.
Bowyer said: “This week we’ve learned a lot about the players, going to Bournemouth and winning and then beating Watford.
“The Wigan game threw up another challenge for them and I think we saw a lot of positives for the club.
“The lads that we’ve brought in are prepared to fight for each other.
“You could see how much it meant to Wigan at the end in terms of the relief when they scored the winner.”
Bowyer acknowledged Hanley’s dismissal in the 31st minute, for appearing to lash out at Latics striker Nick Powell, was the major turning point of the game.
But he felt it was not the only big decision former Premier League referee Stuart Attwell should have made – with Jordan Rhodes having a strong penalty appeal turned after down after his shot in the box seemed to hit the hands of Wigan skipper Ben Watson.
Bowyer said: “I thought we had a penalty. The lad’s hands went up and he saved the ball with his hands.
“We’re hugely disappointed – but not with the performance of the lads.”
Asked whether Rovers didn’t get the rub of the green with Attwell’s decisions, Bowyer added: “Not at all – it’s as simple as that.”
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