Gary Bowyer and Neil Redfearn disagree on who played better: Blackburn Rovers or Leeds United

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Both managers insist that their teams were better in the Championship clash at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer and Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn saw Saturday’s Championship clash differently.

The game at Ewood Park ended in a 2-1 win for hosts Blackburn, who had to come from a goal and a man down to pick up all three points.

According to Bowyer, Rovers were the better team, but Redfearn claimed that Leeds deserved the win.

“The effort from our players was unbelievable," Blackburn’s official website quotes Bowyer as saying. ”I thought we were excellent, second half especially, I thought we totally dominated the game.

“The one chance Leeds had in the second half was when they hit the post, apart from that I can't remember them getting out of their half. I thought we were that dominant.

"We kept probing away, we kept working it and switching the play, and it was just a case of keep going and that is what we did.”

Redfearn saw the match in an entirely different light and is quoted as saying by Leeds’s official website: "We were the better side.

“I think that if we’d have come away with a point I would have been gutted after the way we played. I thought as the performance went, I thought it was a great performance.”

Redfearn added on BBC Sport: “We deserved to win, that's the bottom line. I didn't think Blackburn deserved anything. They huffed and puffed a bit in the second half but I thought we dealt with it.”

But in the end does it really matter which side played better? After all, it is Blackburn who won.

As much as Redfearn raves about the Leeds players' display against Rovers, he needs to address the issue of not being able to hold on to leads.

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