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Bowyer: Result was harsh

Gary Bowyer thought that Blackburn's loss to Burnley was 'harsh' on his side.

Rovers lost an East Lancashire derby for the first time in 35 years, as goals from Jason Shackell and Danny Ings gave Burnley victory after Jordan Rhodes had put the home side ahead.

And Bowyer admits that his side were left disappointed, as they could easily have found themselves 2-0 up in early in the second half when Rhodes missed a great chance to double their lead when clean through but he hit the post.

"I thought it was harsh," Bowyer told Sky Sports.

"We got ourselves into a good position and the big moment comes when Jordan has gone through and if that goes in it is 2-0, but it didn't and then we are disappointed with the manner of the goals we have conceded against a very direct team.

"We knew we had to withstand balls into our box and we didn't do that in the end.

"From our point of view we are disappointed with the manner of the two goals.

"You can never be comfortable in a local derby, but we are disappointed we did not take it through.

"The decision for the free-kick, whether that is a foul, but goals change games, Jordan has hit the post and they score and get the momentum but we have to recover quickly."

Bowyer insists that Blackburn have not given up on their play-off hopes, with Rovers six points adrift of the top six.

"It is going to take a big effort, but there are 13 games left and plenty of points to play for," he said.

"The lads are hurting and rightly so but we will pick it up from Monday and we will see how good this group is by how they recover."