Bowyer: ‘Win FA Cup for Gerrard’

Philippe Coutinho’s brilliant finish into the far corner with 20 minutes to spare was the difference between the two sides in the FA Cup quarter-final replay as Liverpool reached the semi-final with a 1-0 win.??

“I wish Liverpool all the very best,” Bowyer said.

“It would be fitting if they could win it for Gerrard, it would be a great way for him to finish his Liverpool career.

“He’s been one of the best midfielders for a long, long time in this country. Whilst I wasn’t wanting it to happen, now we’re out of the cup I certainly hope it does.”

The hosts had chances to cause a cup upset, most notably when Simon Mignolet produced saves in quick succession from Tom Cairney and Ben Marshall early in the second half, and it was the man between the posts at the other end who almost beat him in the dying throes.

However, Simon Eastwood’s shot on the turn went straight down the Belgian’s throat moments before a spirited Blackburn side were afforded a standing ovation for their efforts.

“I’m hugely proud of the team and the whole football club,” said Bowyer.

“The supporters were tremendous tonight as well. There’s a hint of disappointment because we’ve not got through.

“We’ve certainly pushed them over the two games and had a right good go. Mignolet’s pulled out several good stops over the two games. We just haven’t quite had enough.”