DUNNIE: THE KIDS CAN TAKE A BOW AT ROVERS
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.”