Sky Bet Championship: Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer hailed Tommy Spurr after Leeds win
Blackburn's Gary Bowyer hailed 'fantastic' Tommy Spurr as Blackburn beat Leeds 1-0, but Brian McDermott was reflective.
Last Updated: 30/11/13 7:11pm
Leeds-born Spurr popped up in first-half stoppage time to volley home David Dunn's corner, which gave Rovers their first league win over Leeds since September 2002, and Bowyer lavished praise on his defender.
"He's been a fantastic signing for a free transfer," he said.
"He's been top drawer. You know exactly what you're going to get and fans love him because of that. His performances have been very, very consistent for us and we're delighted for him. We've encouraged him to score more goals and he always gives us a good celebration when he scores!"
Although the victory was only Blackburn's second in their last seven games, the result means they have conceded just one goal at Ewood Park since the end of August and Bowyer put it down to hard work in training.
He said: "I think it's credit to all the hard work that everybody does on the training field - staff and players. It's something the defenders love doing. They work very hard and it's important you try and keep clean sheets, especially at home.
"We showed some unbelievable character. We matched what Leeds threw at us but still had bravery to play our game and that was important and we played some good stuff today."
Leeds manager Brian McDermott felt his side deserved something out of the game, which ended their run of three successive wins, and pointed to the first-half chance missed by Danny Pugh as a crucial moment.
Pugh was put through by Ross McCormack after 33 minutes but Jake Kean's outstretched leg denied him.
McDermott said: "I didn't think we deserved to lose. I think if we'd have scored in the first half we would have won the game. I thought first half an hour we controlled the game and looked very comfortable.
"They took the ascendancy in the last 15 minutes of the first half, scored the goal from a set-play which is obviously disappointing then it became a real battle and our players tried to get something from the game. It wasn't pretty and we couldn't quite do it which was disappointing.
"People miss chances. We worked it well and if that goes in it's a different game. The first goal today proved to be the most important."
Despite watching his side lose for the fifth time in their last six away games, McDermott refused to be too down and urged his players to focus on their upcoming fixtures.
"It wasn't as fluid as we'd like to be today," he said. "Having said that, the boys have shown great character and commitment. We've won three of the last four games. What happens now is you want to bounce back.
"All we can do now is concentrate on our next game and that's what we'll do. I never get too down after a defeat. You're never the world's worst when you lose and you're never the world's best when you win."