BOWYER BEAMS AT COMEBACK
BLACKBURN Rovers manager Gary Bowyer highlighted his side’s attitude after they rescued a point against an enterprising Brentford at Ewood Park.
Man-of-the-match Lasse Vibe opened the scoring for the West London outfit, just minutes after losing strike partner Marco Djuricin to a nasty looking injury.
But Rovers equalised when Tom Lawrence’s long-range effort somehow sneaked past David Button.
“A world class save at the end stopped us from winning,” said Bowyer.
“On performance level it didn’t meet the standards we’ve set over the season, but we showed a different side where we had to dig in and I thought we did that well although we’ve played a hell of a lot better.
“We looked leggy to start with but the character of the boys was there for all to see.
“The injury didn’t allow the game to flow and at half-time I said we had to perform better.We knew that we could and we certainly did second half.”
The game came to life with a very literal bang when Djuricin was brought down from behind by Shane Duffy after quarter of an hour with a lengthy stoppage ensuing before the Austrian international was stretchered off.
No sooner had Konstantin Kerschbaumer replaced the stricken striker than Brentford surged forward, with John Swift playing a lovely through ball to Vibe, who lifted the ball over a despairing Jason Steele for a well worked opener.
The visitors could have increased their lead on 36 minutes when Vibe placed a good chance wide of Steele’s goal following some fine work by Ryan Wood on the right wing.
Moments later though Rovers were level with a somewhat fortuitous goal after the impressive Lawrence’s speculative cross-shot from 25 yards bobbled its way across the area before evading Button and nestling in the bottom right hand corner of the goal.
It was then Brentford’s turn to soak up the pressure, as Lawrence, who this week was linked with a move to Valencia, went close with a stinging right foot shot which Button deflected onto his near post before Alan McCormack almost gave the Bees a half-time lead only to see his powerful shot tipped away by Steele.
As the conditions worsened after the break, both teams struggled to create chances and it was not until the 74th minute that Brentford carved out an opening with Ker- schbaumer almost rounding off a lovely move down the right only to see his shot hit the side netting.
Despite offering little all half, Rovers finished strongly with Ben Marshall unlucky to see his goalbound shot brilliantly saved by Steele with just a minute of normal time to go.
Brentford boss Lee Carsley said nullifying the threat of Jordan Rhodes was key to gaining the point.
“Their goal was a little bit lucky at times and to be fair they pushed on and half time came at a good moment for us with them pushing,” said Carsley.
“We regrouped and I tried to refocus the players on what had been working in the first half and we then had some really good opportunities to maybe get the three points which is always a little frustrating when you don’t see it through.
“Our two centre backs coped really well with Rhodes and it’s great that they’ve come up with a player like that and dealt with him it bodes well for us for the rest of the season and I was pleased for them both.”
HAVE THAT: Lasse Vibe scores Brentford’s goal and, inset, Blackburn Rovers’ Craig Conway has an effort at goal past Brentford's Nico Yennaris