BOWYER BEAMS AT COME­BACK

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jamie Bow­man PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

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

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