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Gary Bowyer hopes point proves vital

18 April 2014

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer was 'frustrated' after the 0-0 draw with Yeovil but still believes that it could turn out to be an important point in the pursuit of a play-off place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Rovers passed up a great opportunity to close in on their rivals as all of Bournemouth, Brighton and Reading dropped points but, other than Jason Lowe hitting the post early on and a Jordan Rhodes header that was saved, the home side endured a frustrating afternoon.

It extends their unbeaten run to nine and they remain four points from the top six, and Bowyer thinks it may be a vital point come the final reckoning.

"The word I would use is frustrated," he said.

"You're never going to get a divine right to win any game. Yeovil are fighting for their lives and have drawn at the league leaders so there's no easy game in this division. You have to respect every point that you earn and you never know, this might be a big point.

"At the end I think we had a back four and a front six so we certainly went for it but Yeovil stuck at it as we knew they would and we just couldn't quite break them down in front of goal."

The Blackburn boss preferred to look forward rather than the dropped points away at Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton at home in recent weeks, and insists his side are committed to getting to the last game of the season against Wigan with something to play for.

"You always look at it and say 'if' but all we can do now is deal with what we've got and concentrate on our next game which is going to be difficult away at Birmingham because they are fighting for their lives.

"We've got two away games now against teams that are fighting for their lives. Our aim is to try and win both of the games and hopefully when we play Wigan at home on the last day we've got something to play for. It really is that simple."

Yeovil remain bottom despite the draw, five points adrift of safety with three games remaining, but it adds to impressive away draws for the Glovers at Reading, Wigan and Leicester.

They had chances to win through an off-target Liam Davis effort and Joel Grant's low shot that Paul Robinson had to tip wide, and manager Gary Johnson was pleased that his side showed they can compete.

He said: "I was really pleased with my team other than 10 minutes before half-time when we gave it away too much but I thought we played some good football, I was proud of our work rate and we're still hanging on in there.

"We've come away from a team that needed to win it and a team that is trying to get into the play-offs for the Premier League so for little old Yeovil I thought we gave as good as we got and made it a competitive game which is all we can ask for.

"I thought we gave ourselves a chance to snatch it. We had to try and win the game but make sure that they didn't open us up. I thought we were in the game throughout."

Like Bowyer, his counterpart at Yeovil focused on how important the point could turn out to be in the fight against the drop.

"We know we're not out of it because we've come here and put on a good performance," Johnson said.

"You don't know if it's going to be a really good point or not. We felt coming into the game we're probably going to need three wins, so that was a draw. So we don't know. At the end of the day we can only go by the way the games pan out."

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