Gestede insists Rovers will not admit defeat
GOALSCORING hero Rudy Gestede says there is no chance Blackburn Rovers will throw the towel in on their season.
After four successive draws Rovers returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 2-0 home victory over Ipswich Town inspired by their recalled Benin international striker.
However Gary Bowyer’s side remain seven points behind the play-offs after sixth-placed Reading won 1-0 at Charlton Athletic.
With just six games to play, starting at home to QPR tomorrow, only the most optimistic of Rovers fans hold out hope of catching and overhauling the Royals.
But Gestede insists the players still believe it is possible.
“We have to fight until the end and we are going to fight until the end,” said Gestede, who won the Championship with Cardiff City last season before joining Rovers in a £300,000 deal in January.
“When I signed I said I believe in this team – and I still believe in this team.
“We need to keep believing we can do something this season and we’ll see what happens come May 3.
“We’ll never give up and if it’s not this season – and I’m not saying it won’t be – it will be next season.”
Gestede was named man of the match on Saturday after he created Jordan Rhodes’ opener and scored the goal which sealed Rovers’ first home win since February 1.
But the 6ft 4in frontman was quick to pay tribute to the man who set up his sixth goal for the club – dead-ball specialist Craig Conway.
Conway has three goals and five assists to his name after he followed in the footsteps of Gestede and made a £100,000 January move from Cardiff.
“Every time with Craig it’s an amazing delivery,” said Gestede, who believes the 23-goal Rhodes will chase down Leeds United’s Ross McCormack and finish as the Championship’s leading marksman.
“You know it’s going to be a good ball so I just have to move, put my big head on it and see what happens.
“He is a very powerful player, he works very hard and he fits into the team very well.
“He’s an amazing player and he has showed already he can cause a lot of problems.”
Rovers welcome third-placed QPR to Ewood Park tomorrow and Gestede says they will show the same attacking intent they have displayed over their last unbeaten six matches.
He said: “It doesn’t matter who we are playing – we just need to win games.
“QPR are a good team but we will be going to beat them.”
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