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'Proud' Rovers boss Bowyer pleased with a point
5:58pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in Football
ROVERS boss Gary Bowyer praised the spirit his young charges showed in coming back from behind to rescue a point against their rivals.
Jordan Rhodes got lucky with his leveller, as Michael Duff's attempted clearance rebounded off the striker's shin and over Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
Rhodes' fifth goal of the season came nine minutes after Junior Stanislas' 76th minute opener.
Bowyer recognised the fortune in the finish, but felt his side were worthy of the point.
"When we go 1-0 down with around 10 minutes to go, and the average age of the team was 22, you do wonder and question how they're going to react," said the Rovers boss, whose side ended the game with 10 men after substitute Lee Williamson was sent off for a professional foul on Danny Ings in stoppage time.
"But, in a hostile environment, we've got nothing but praise for them because they came back with a fantastic attitude and spirit, and in my opinion fully deserved the equaliser.
“They leave with their heads held high because they took everything that Burnley threw at us in the first half and grew into the game.
"I thought our second half performance certainly warranted a point, the goal they scored was a worldy against the run of play, but then our goal was a bit lucky.
"The age of the team, the resilience, the character and the spirit that they showed, we leave here very proud.”
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