Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

Match info: Championship at Molineux Stadium

Date: 11/01/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: D Whitestone Att: 20,264

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Wolves

Roger Johnson 74

1
vs
1

Blackburn

Jordan Rhodes 26 (pen)

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: January 12 2013, 11:12 GMT

Gary Bowyer is ready to return to his role as reserve-team coach as newly-appointed Blackburn manager Michael Appleton starts his reign on Monday.

Bowyer signs off with a point

Bowyer signed off from his stint as caretaker boss alongside Terry McPhillips with a 1-1 draw at Wolves on Friday night, preserving his unbeaten record and ensuring he collected 10 points from a possible 12 since taking the reins from Henning Berg.

Appleton's switch from Blackpool to Lancashire rivals Rovers on a two-and-a-half-year deal was finally confirmed just two hours prior to kick-off, meaning he was not in attendance in the Black Country and instead watched the televised fixture.

Bowyer admitted he has enjoyed the role and asked what the future holds for himself, he replied: "We (he and McPhillips) knew what we were entering when we were asked to look after it. We've got a role at the club and we know what our role is, developing players.

"That is the role we will go back to, both myself and Terry with the Under-18s. We'll continue to do that."

Bowyer revealed Appleton called him before kick-off to send his best wishes, with Rovers' coaching staff, including new assistant Ashley Westwood, due to meet together on Monday.

Speaking about Appleton's appointment, Bowyer added: "We're delighted we've got a manager coming in who can provide us with some stability and he's worked under several good managers as well.

"He's a good coach, I know that from his youth days when he was in charge at West Brom.

"We're looking forward to working with him."

Bowyer was heading towards a remarkable 100 per cent record after Jordan Rhodes' contentious first-half penalty - his 14th goal in Rovers colours - handed the visitors the lead.

But Roger Johnson nodded home in the 74th minute to level matters and ensure both sides rightfully finished with a point apiece from an entertaining encounter.

As one era finished and another started for Blackburn, it was the same for Wanderers as Dean Saunders wrote the first chapter in his reign having been appointed as Stale Solbakken's successor on Monday.

It was a much-improved performance from Wanderers, who showed the kind of energy and fight which had been missing under the Norwegian.

And Saunders felt his side were worthy of all three points.

"I couldn't have asked for any more really," he said.

"I thought we played really well. We had four or five chances in the first half. I think they had one attack after half an hour.

"Second half I thought we pinned them in again, they broke out a couple of times but never really troubled us.

"The spirit was outstanding from everybody, that's what I want and that's what the supporters want."

Both Saunders and Bowyer, as you would expect, held contrasting views regarding Rovers' penalty, although the former was more forthright with his comments.

Ruben Rochina danced into the area before receiving minimal contact from Bakary Sako - who should not even have made the challenge - and the Spaniard made the most of it, with referee Dean Whitestone initially failing to award the penalty before his assistant flagged, leaving Rhodes to do the rest from the spot.

"Obviously it's a dodgy decision for the penalty, Saunders said.

"That happens, because it's live on television, there's a big crowd, a young linesman over the far side who has probably told all his family he's on Sky Sports tonight.

"He's running the line, which is boring by the way, sometimes you're running up and down and not getting anything to do, freezing cold, so give a couple of offsides, camera will go on my face so at least the family know I was there.

"And then he gives a penalty, he couldn't wait to give it. And it's not a penalty. Although I have to say it's an irresponsible challenge from Sako, but he's a winger."


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