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Evans: No worries that Rovers will gel
NEW boy Corry Evans has pleaded with supporters to be patient as Blackburn Rovers battle to find some consistency.
Rovers find themselves six points clear shy off the play-offs and five points above the bottom three after going on a three-game winless run.
It is a run which has dampened expectations somewhat after emphatic home victories over Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers.
But midfielder Evans, an August arrival from Hull City, believes it was always going to take him and his team-mates time to find their feet after a raft of summer changes.
“Every day in training we’re working toward something good for this club,” said Evans, who enjoyed his best game in a Rovers shirt in Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Huddersfield Town.
“But it’s going to take time for the players to get used to each other and get those partnerships going.
“I include myself in that. I missed a lot of pre-season and Saturday was only my third start.
“It’s just getting used to the way the players want to play and the way the manager wants us to play.
“I’m sure it’ll take time but it’s looking well at the minute.
“In the first half on Saturday I felt I was where I should be but in the second half I got a little tired after three games in a week.
“It might have just taken its toll on me at the end.”
Evans knows just what it takes to win promotion from the Championship after helping Hull finish second behind champions Cardiff City last season.
The Northern Ireland international recognises Rovers must get the balance right if they are to follow in the Tigers’ footsteps.
While Gary Bowyer’s side have tightened up at the back – the goalless draw with Huddersfield was their first clean sheet of the campaign – they have scored just two goals in their last three matches after putting five past Barnsley and four past Bolton.
“It was pleasing to get our first clean sheet of the season but maybe there was an expectation from the fans because in our last two at home we had scored nine,” said Evans, the younger brother of Manchester United defender Jonny.
“We just have to be patient. If we can keep it tight at the back we know we can always score.
“It’s going to be hard to win games if you’re conceding goals but we know if we can get a few more clean sheets then we’ll have a chance as we’ve got players who can get us goals.
“It’s given us something to build on for the rest of the games.”
After being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Carlisle United, Rovers have a free week to prepare for Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.
Evans is glad to have some breathing space after a hectic start to the season.
He suffered a groin injury in pre-season and, after regaining full fitness, found himself away on international duty before playing three games in eight days on his return to Rovers.
Evans said: “It’s been a tough week, playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, and we’ve probably kept more or less the same team throughout.
“But now we’ve got a break and we’ll look to get a win at Bournemouth on Saturday.”
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