Date: 9th February 2014 at 11:41am
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Rovers manager Gary Bowyer was quick to condemn Rovers performance yesterday afternoon, after escaping from the North East with a point from a goalless draw that owed much to the performance of returning goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

But further up the field, Rovers were poor – something the manager was more than ready to admit.

‘We are the first to admit that we didn’t play well, especially in the first half, so you have to be pleased with taking the point’ Bowyer told the Rovers official website.

‘It is another clean sheet, that is eleven for the season now, there are still positives to build on from this.’

Rovers have been matches main protagonists in recent outings, but yesterday saw them take on the role as the repellent of a more lively Middlesbrough side – who have proven in recent weeks to be a tricky side to break down, even if they have struggled for goals in recent games.

‘We struggled, both with and without the ball,’ added the manager.

‘We were indebted to the goalkeeper on numerous occasions so it was important that we got in at half time still at 0-0.

‘We had a good chat, made the adjustments that we needed to make and I thought we were a lot better. Tom Cairney has a shot that might have gone in but Shay Given saves.

‘But we haven’t done well enough in the attacking third. It was 31 minutes before we did something with intent and that was Rudy’s run and pass for Jordan Rhodes.

‘That isn’t what we’ve been about this season, we’ve just got to take this one and be happy that we are walking away with a point.’

Todd Kane was withdrawn at half time having struggled with the onslaught coming down the left from Boro winger Mustapha Carayol and with Rovers main creator in chief Tom Cairney somewhat marginalised, Rovers were thankful for the sole point.

The good news was that results around Rovers in the league table went in our favour, with only Brighton picking up a single goal win.

But there will be something of a wait as Rovers now have a two week wait till they are next in action with some sides chasing our spot in the league table having a couple of outings before our boys next play.