The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Fisher

BOURNEMOUTH failed to score at home for the first time this sea­son but as­sis­tant boss Ja­son Tin­dall is stay­ing pos­i­tive about their pro­mo­tion push.

Rovers se­cured a point on the south coast af­ter soak­ing up the ma­jor­ity of Bournemouth’s chances and pos­ses­sion.

The Cher­ries had hoped to re­gather some steam in their pro­mo­tion push but in­stead stretched their win­less run to five games, not that Tin­dall is pan­ick­ing though.

““It is an­other frus­trat­ing game where we have dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion but have not taken the op­por­tu­ni­ties that we have cre­ated,” he said.

“We could have quite eas­ily won all of the games but from our point of view, our per­for­mances have still been good.

“You have to stay pos­i­tive and we find our­selves in a fan­tas­tic po­si­tion. If we can con­tinue to cre­ate those op­por­tu­ni­ties then we will get our re­wards.

“We al­ways back our­selves to score goals and un­for­tu­nately we have not done that here but we have cre­ated chances to score goals.

“The pos­i­tive is that we have kept a clean sheet and it has been a while since we had done that.

“Their keeper pulled off two great saves from Marc Pugh and then from Yann Ker­mor­gant with his head. That is the way that is go­ing for us at the minute.

“We will not be dis­tracted by any neg­a­tive talk of what peo­ple might be say­ing.”

The Cher­ries rushed out of the blocks de­spite a 30-minute de­lay to kick-off due to traf­fic, which held up both goal­keeper Ar­tur Boruc and skip­per Tommy El­ph­ick.

Marc Pugh volleyed over af­ter seven min­utes, only for Rovers de­fender Matt Kilgallon to then block Char­lie Daniels’ low drive.

Black­burn’s 15-goal striker Rudy Gest­ede went clos­est to find­ing a break­through for the vis­i­tors when he flashed his header wide from a Craig Con­way cor­ner af­ter 42 min­utes.

But it was mostly one-way traf­fic – with Bournemouth des­per­ate to pile pres­sure on their pro­mo­tion ri­vals. French­man Yann Ker­mor­gant – back in the side fol­low­ing a fam­ily be­reave­ment – went clos­est when his strike can­noned back off the cross­bar af­ter he latched onto a Simon Fran­cis cross seven min­utes from time.

Rovers never re­ally looked like scor­ing un­til boss Gary Bowyer threw on Jor­dan Rhodes to liven things up. Rhodes ran down the left be­fore pick­ing out Black­burn top scorer Gest­ede but he looped his header wide of the goal.

Sub­sti­tute Tom Cairney gal­loped past the Bournemouth mid­field be­fore his dip­ping shot went just wide off Boruc’s post at the death, with manager Bowyer de­lighted with his side for shut- ting out the high­est-scor­ers in the di­vi­sion.

Bowyer said: “We are the first team to come here this sea­son to get a clean sheet and stop them from scor­ing.

“I thought tac­ti­cally we were spot on and our or­gan­i­sa­tion was ex­cel­lent.

“Math­e­mat­i­cally it is still pos­si­ble but when you come here you take what you can get. We have some real fire­power in our team but un­for­tu­nately we have not got the goal that could have won the game.

“We could have won the game and we have had some chances at the end.”

Bowyer also re­served praise for his op­po­site num­ber for the job he has done on the south coast, adding: “Ed­die Howe has got them play­ing an un­be­liev­able brand of foot­ball and it’s so­ci­ety now and that’s how peo­ple view things.

“Where were Bournemouth five years ago and where are they now?

“That is down to Ed­die Howe and his chair­man, they have done a great job.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

FLY­ING HIGH: Rudy Gest­ede goes up for a header. Inset: Black­burn’s Chris Tay­lor in ac­tion with Harry Arter


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