The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By John Hodg­son

DAVID Dunn reck­ons the Black­burn Rovers young­sters de­serve a lot of the credit for turn­ing re­sults around and steer­ing the club away from the Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

A 2-1 mid­week win against Mill­wall went a long way to eas­ing their con­cerns and Rovers had won three of their last four be­fore Satur­day’s visit of Crys­tal Palace.

And vet­eran Dunn has paid trib­ute to the in­ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers of the squad who have stood up to be counted when the club has needed them most.

“The way we have bounced back was a real credit to the team and I’m re­ally pleased for the young lads as well,” he said.

“Josh Mor­ris, Grant Han­ley, Todd Kane – they are young play­ers start­ing off their ca­reers, and I’m sure they won’t have too many sea­sons like this.

“So it is nice to see the young lads that take things on board and show a real de­ter­mi­na­tion to com­pete.”

One of the real stars in a trou­bled sea­son for Rovers has been Grant Han­ley, the 21-year-old cen­tre back who has six full in­ter­na­tional caps for Scot­land to his name al­ready.

And care­taker boss Gary Bowyer says there is still much more to come from the young defender.

“Grant was out­stand­ing against Mill­wall,” said Bowyer. “The run he made that led to a penalty typ­i­fied his per­for­mance.

“Ev­ery year he has been at the football club he’s got bet­ter, and he’s now a full Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional, so it re­ally is a mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance.

“He played for Scot­land in their last game and took to that very well.

“He’s just got to keep go­ing. He’s got ar­eas of his game he still wants to im­prove on but he works hard and gives ev­ery­thing he has got.

“He cares pas­sion­ately and he’s de­vel­op­ing very well at the mo­ment.”


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