BOWYER: JUDGE MY ROVERS NOW

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ge­orge Jones To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

BLACK­BURN man­ager Gary Bowyer claims his side can be proud of their Cham­pi­onship plac­ing this sea­son – even if they missed out on the play-offs.

Goals from Rudy Gest­ede, Michael Keane and Tom Cair­ney moved Rovers to within three points of the top six with one match to play.

Marvin Sordell, who missed a first-half penalty, replied for the Ad­dicks but Black­burn con­trolled the game from the first whis­tle.

And Bowyer, whose team only stayed up on the penul­ti­mate match of last sea­son, claims Black­burn’s progress should not be sniffed at and has chal­lenged the club to con­tinue build­ing.

“It has been a fan­tas­tic ef­fort from ev­ery­body in­volved and a hell of a lot of hard work has gone into it,” said the Rovers boss.

“We need to make sure we con­tinue that next week and then we have got an­other very im­por­tant sum­mer, be­cause the club on the whole has got quite a bit to do still. We need to look at the squad again and not rest on the way we have fin­ished this sea­son.

“If there are ar­eas where we feel we can im­prove then we have got to put a case for­ward for do­ing that. The im­prove­ment has got be put down to the play­ers, the type of play­ers that we have got in and the char­ac­ters they are.

“Ul­ti­mately it is about the re­sult on the Satur­day and I have also been very well sup­ported by the staff.

“We have chal­lenged the play­ers to get bet­ter and we have done that in ev­ery game. They have de­manded more off of each other, which is pleas­ing.”

On 21 min­utes Charl­ton re­ceived an early warn­ing of what was to come when Do­rian Dervite had to hook Markus Ols­son’s teas­ing cross away from dan­ger.

Five min­utes later Gest­ede put Rovers ahead when he sneaked his header be­yond Ben Hamer fol­low­ing a pin­point cross from Michael Keane.

Han­ley tripped Sordell in­side the box five min­utes be­fore the break but Robin­son beat out the for­ward’s penalty.

The miss quickly proved costly as on 51 min­utes Keane nod­ded in from Craig Con­way’s free-kick to dou­ble the lead.

Sordell made some amends three min­utes later when he curled in from 20 yards, but the re­prieve was brief as Rovers quickly ex­tended their ad­van­tage.

Cair­ney con­verted from six yards af­ter Jordan Rhodes’ ini­tial strike had been cleared off the line by Dervite.

Two min­utes later Gest­ede headed against the post for ram­pant Rovers, and on 92 min­utes the for­ward saw a point-blank header par­ried out by Hamer.

The re­sult leaves Charl­ton need­ing three points for their fi­nal two matches to se­cure their Cham­pi­onship sta­tus.

They host Wat­ford on Tues­day be­fore trav­el­ling to Black­pool on the fi­nal day, and head coach Jose Riga is ea­ger for his side to be safe be­fore they head north.

He said:“In the Cham­pi­onship you can never ex­pect the re­sult be­cause each team can beat any other.

“We know what we have to do against Wat­ford. It is still in our hands and I hope that we will do it then and not leave it un­til the fi­nal game of the sea­son.

“In this sit­u­a­tion it is most im­por­tant to do what we have to do.

“We played a team that haven’t lost in their last 10 games and if they are in a very good mo­ment so we knew the dif­fi­culty.

“Of course we were look­ing for a bet­ter re­sult and we started the game in a good way. We had some lit­tle op­por­tu­ni­ties and on their first chance they scored.

“We had the penalty miss and that was a key mo­ment. All of these lit­tle things have proved to make a big dif­fer­ence.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

SLIDE RULE: Tom Cair­ney, left, scores the third goal for Black­burn in the vic­tory away to Charl­ton

HANDY: Rudy Gest­ede cel­e­brates his goal

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