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Business as usual for Blackburn despite speculation over top scorer Rudy Gestede

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Rudy Gestede of Blackburn Rovers celebrates as he scores their second goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City

Rudy Gestede of Blackburn Rovers celebrates as he scores their second goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City

Rudy Gestede of Blackburn Rovers celebrates as he scores their second goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City

It is business as usual at Blackburn despite speculation over the future of top scorer Rudy Gestede, according to Rovers captain Jason Lowe.

The 26-year-old has been attracting interest from Premier League clubs, with Crystal Palace having a bid turned down.

Gestede was left out of the squad for last weekend's draw with Wigan but was among the substitutes for Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Swansea at Ewood Park.

He was sent on with half an hour remaining and put Blackburn ahead with his 13th goal of the season 18 minutes later before Craig Conway sealed a 3-1 victory for the Championship side.

Gestede's strike partner Jordan Rhodes has also been linked with Premier League outfits this month - Swansea boss Garry Monk flatly denied he was a target - leaving Blackburn potentially facing the loss of arguably their two best players.

Lowe said: "It's just football, you get used to it. People come and go and your job is to perform well every Saturday you're out there, and that's all we can concentrate on.

"There wouldn't be any interest if they weren't important players. They're very good at what they do so it's no surprise. We just have to make sure they're ready to go with us when they're called upon."

Fewer than 6,000 fans were at Ewood Park for the tie but those who made the effort were handsomely rewarded.

It was a miserable end to a poor week for Swansea, who were reduced to nine men in injury time after Sigurdsson lunged wildly at Taylor. Last weekend they were beaten 5-0 by Chelsea, making it no wins in four Premier League games, but manager Garry Monk has no doubt his side will react in the right fashion. He said: "(The season) won't fizzle out, I'll make sure of that. It's my job."


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