Leeds United 0 Blackburn Rovers 3: Bowyer buoyed by Rovers’ ruthless edge

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer.
Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer.
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Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer was delighted with his side’s ruthless edge during their 3-0 victory over Leeds United in what was a feisty encounter at Elland Road.

Leeds midfielder Rudy Austin was shown a straight red in the 39th minute and Rovers made their numerical advantage count through second-half strikes from Tom Cairney, Jordan Rhodes and Jay Spearing. Home fans showed support for Leeds boss Neil Redfearn in the wake of assistant Steve Thompson being suspended earlier in the week, but Bowyer thought his players handled it well: “I thought we were excellent – very organised.

“We handled the occasion well. We knew the crowd would get behind them and they gave Neil Redfearn tremendous support, but we were ruthless, which was pleasing.”

The comprehensive victory also gives Blackburn a perfect boost heading into their FA Cup quarter-final replay against Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Bowyer said they had picked up no fresh injury concerns going into that match, despite former Cardiff striker Rudy Gestede hobbling off in the 64th minute.

“One or two came off with tightness but that’s all. Fair play to this group. They just get on with it,” he added.

“This result has given us a massive boost before Wednesday. It is a massive challenge but we are all looking forward to it.

“We were leggy leading up to the international break but you saw the freshness in our play today.”