Reaction: Blues 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Reaction: Blues 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Lee Bowyer was proud of his youngsters despite final day defeat against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday lunchtime.

Two wonder goals from John Buckley and Ben Brereton Diaz gave Blackburn Rovers the lead at the break.

Kristian Pedersen pulled one back late on for Blues, but it was not enough to salvage a point as the Lancashire side headed back home with all three points.

Speaking to the media post-match, Bowyer said: “I didn’t think there was much in it at all. 

“Neither goalkeeper really touched it in the first-half, apart from Neil [Etheridge] picking it out of his net twice without doing anything wrong.

“We go in at half-time two-nil down and we can’t control those because they are the two best strikes that I’ve seen all season.

“I said to the players at half-time ‘don’t fold’ and fair play to the players, they did that and kept fighting on the last game of the season.”

Kristian Pedersen slid in to reduce the deficit.

Kristian Pedersen slid in to reduce the deficit.

Bowyer hailed his young Blues for their development across the season and contribution to the First Team when called upon. 

“I’ll start with Nico [Gordon] playing against the strikers today, they are top strikers in this division. He didn’t let himself down, he didn’t do anything wrong the whole game,” Bowyer said.

“Young JJ [Jordan James] started and played the full ninety minutes, I thought he was very good and I thought he made some good runs, defensively improved.

“I thought George [Hall] made some good runs, competed and Jobe, great awareness for a young lad, the pass for Lyle [Taylor] a fraction too far.

“I wanted to give them minutes to show everyone how they are developing and improving and you can see there is a big improvement.

“Them lads are the future and I’m very proud of the way they played today."

Jobe Bellingham made his debut against Plymouth Argyle in January.

Jobe Bellingham made his debut against Plymouth Argyle in January.