Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has been singing the praises of Luke Varney.
The attacker was a key player in Rovers’ 2-1 comeback victory over Leeds United at Ewood Park in the Championship on Saturday.
Former Leeds star Varney was the ‘key’ mainly because it was he who earned the penalty late in the game which saw 10-man Blackburn win the match.
It was a controversial incident that led to anger among many, if not all, Leeds fans (click here to read more).
The Whites supporters accused the 32-year-old of going down too easily inside the penalty box following a challenge from Sam Byram.
However, Blackburn manager Bowyer saw the incident differently and has praised Varney’s overall performance in the match.
“Varney's contribution was massive,” he told the club’s official website. "Obviously I'm sure he'd have preferred to have scored himself and won the game against his ex-club. He didn't quite score but he got the penalty for us."
Varney joined Blackburn from Leeds on a permanent contract in the summer transfer window, and it is clear that he is now a ‘hate figure’ among the Whites fans.
And one suspects that Bowyer’s comments are likely to stir up the anger even more…