Elliott pays tribute to Hillsborough victims during Blackburn goal celebration

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Liverpool loanee Harvey Elliott paid tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster after scoring in Blackburn Rovers’ 2-1 win over Derby County on Friday.

The 32nd anniversary of the disaster was marked on Thursday, with Liverpool paying tribute by laying wreaths at the Anfield memorial and observing a minute’s silence.

Elliot, who has spent the season on loan at Ewood Park from Liverpool, removed his shirt after scoring Blackburn’s second goal to reveal the message “96 YNWA” written on his undershirt.

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The goal proved to be the winner and Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray said after the game: “You have to say that the result is important.

Harvey Elliott celebrates scoring for Blackburn with a tribute to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster

“I don’t want to be hypocritical and say that it’s all about the result when I sat here after Bournemouth and said that the performance was good yet we got beat 2-0.

“If anything I was a bit disappointed with the performance level of the team, particularly first half. Second half we upped it and could have scored a few more goals.

“I can’t remember playing without the control we normally have for a long time yet we won the game. We could have scored more, Adam [Armstrong] could have had a hat-trick, yet I thought they were a pretty decent team, a good structure to their play, but we take the points and move in the final four.”

Elliott’s goal proved to be the winner for Blackburn

He added: “I think after we scored it gave the team a bit of confidence, because they came with a game-plan, they didn’t play with their big centre forward and played a transition game, a front four that looked like they could all break away.

“I’m happy to take the points, move on. They’re a good side, they have to win a game or two themselves before the end of the season but there’s good signs.

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“For us, it was important to get to 50 points, four games left, and let’s see how many we can get to.”

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This article originally appeared on Mirror – Football


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