Fit-again Evans targets Leicester victory for Rovers

Corry Evans

Corry Evans

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

CORRY Evans is fighting fit and relishing the prospect of out-foxing his former manager and team-mates when Blackburn Rovers welcome runaway leaders Leicester City to Ewood Park on Saturday.

The 23-year-old worked with Foxes boss Nigel Pearson at Hull City and grew up alongside his midfield linchpins Danny Drinkwater and Matthew James at Manchester United.

Evans, who is now close to full match sharpness after five frustrating months on the the sidelines, holds the trio in high regard. But that will not stop him from trying to help Rovers become the first side to beat table-topping Leicester since December 7.

“We’ve just got to go for every game now,” said midfielder Evans, who spent six years at United before Pearson signed him for Hull in 2011.

“We can’t go into games worrying too much about how we’ve got to go about them – we’ve just got to win.

“Leicester have been absolutely flying all season. I know Nigel Pearson from my time at Hull, he’s a really good manager who I enjoyed working under, and he’s put a really good side together so we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“But we’ve got to make it tough for them and hopefully take the three points.”

The Foxes are seven points clear at the top and unbeaten in 16 matches.

And James and Drinkwater, who missed out on the Championship’s Player of the Year award to Burnley striker Danny Ings, have been the driving forces behind their form.

Evans said: “I’m really looking forward to going up against them.

“Like myself they went through United and from that background and from that foundation they’ve gone on to do really well at Leicester and play a lot of games.

“I was pleased that Danny Drinkwater got nominated for the award. As a midfielder it’s harder to get recognised so it shows how well he has done this season.”

Northern Ireland international Evans has been restricted to just 12 appearances for Rovers since his move from Hull after sustaining ankle-ligament damage while representing his country in October.

But after playing three games in the space of a week he feels he is getting closer to recapturing the fine form he was showing before his season was interrupted.

“I’m getting there,” said Evans. “The three games in a week have helped me massively – as has the little break we’ve had this week with having no game. From Saturday on we’ve got two to three weeks of games every Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday so I feel fresh and ready to go again.”

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9:53am Wed 19 Mar 14

owd nick says...

From what I have seen of them so far this season we will have to be at our best to beat them, and the odds being offered reflect that.

Another if only situation I am afraid, if we get Cairney back, if we have two fit center halves, if we play higher up the pitch and play to Rhodes's strengths; etc; etc.

It is about time Rovers gave us something to cheer at Ewood and I have a good feeling about this game for some strange reason.
From what I have seen of them so far this season we will have to be at our best to beat them, and the odds being offered reflect that. Another if only situation I am afraid, if we get Cairney back, if we have two fit center halves, if we play higher up the pitch and play to Rhodes's strengths; etc; etc. It is about time Rovers gave us something to cheer at Ewood and I have a good feeling about this game for some strange reason. owd nick
  • Score: 16

10:09am Wed 19 Mar 14

razwoods78 says...

owd nick wrote:
From what I have seen of them so far this season we will have to be at our best to beat them, and the odds being offered reflect that. Another if only situation I am afraid, if we get Cairney back, if we have two fit center halves, if we play higher up the pitch and play to Rhodes's strengths; etc; etc. It is about time Rovers gave us something to cheer at Ewood and I have a good feeling about this game for some strange reason.
Totally agree. I have the same feeling, but then I think am I being extremely optimistic given their league position, and the simple fact that they are a very good side at this level. If we attack, and they attack I think possibly a 2-1 win, but if Williamson and Lowe partner each other I fear a pasting! I went to the away game and although the scoreline didnt reflect it, we got hammered and could have been 4 down in the first 30mins!

But ever the optimist....roll on saturday - decent weather, good crowd and a good attacking performance!
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: From what I have seen of them so far this season we will have to be at our best to beat them, and the odds being offered reflect that. Another if only situation I am afraid, if we get Cairney back, if we have two fit center halves, if we play higher up the pitch and play to Rhodes's strengths; etc; etc. It is about time Rovers gave us something to cheer at Ewood and I have a good feeling about this game for some strange reason.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. I have the same feeling, but then I think am I being extremely optimistic given their league position, and the simple fact that they are a very good side at this level. If we attack, and they attack I think possibly a 2-1 win, but if Williamson and Lowe partner each other I fear a pasting! I went to the away game and although the scoreline didnt reflect it, we got hammered and could have been 4 down in the first 30mins! But ever the optimist....roll on saturday - decent weather, good crowd and a good attacking performance! razwoods78
  • Score: 14

10:12am Wed 19 Mar 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title.

Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital.

All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us.

Lancashire United.
Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title. Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital. All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us. Lancashire United. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 12

11:28am Wed 19 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title.

Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital.

All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us.

Lancashire United.
Our pleasure Charlie now don't let it slip, you could start thrashing some of them above us and return the favour!!
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title. Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital. All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us. Lancashire United.[/p][/quote]Our pleasure Charlie now don't let it slip, you could start thrashing some of them above us and return the favour!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 12

11:47am Wed 19 Mar 14

French Rover says...

Good spirit and attitude from Evans that hopefuly will be matched by all his team mates on saturday. Leicester are a very solid team and should go on to win this division easily - but there is no reason why we cannot have a real go at them at Ewood and grab at least a point or three!

Nigel Pearson has done a fantastic job there and took them to the play-off semi finals (after finishing in 6th place) last season - and has learnt from that experience and gone on now to make them a very strong and positive side that has put some great runs of wins together that got them to the top of the table.

If GB is going to go on and become a really good manager then he would do well to look at how Pearson has gone about it and Corry Evans words are probably not far away from Pearsons footballing philosophy of going out to win every game despite who the opposition are.

Also probably not too disimilar from Sean Dyches attack minded outlook which looks to be taking the Clarets out of this division also...

It`s the wrong way out for of the division for the Clarets for me though - they should be dropping into League 1!

Allez les Bleus
Good spirit and attitude from Evans that hopefuly will be matched by all his team mates on saturday. Leicester are a very solid team and should go on to win this division easily - but there is no reason why we cannot have a real go at them at Ewood and grab at least a point or three! Nigel Pearson has done a fantastic job there and took them to the play-off semi finals (after finishing in 6th place) last season - and has learnt from that experience and gone on now to make them a very strong and positive side that has put some great runs of wins together that got them to the top of the table. If GB is going to go on and become a really good manager then he would do well to look at how Pearson has gone about it and Corry Evans words are probably not far away from Pearsons footballing philosophy of going out to win every game despite who the opposition are. Also probably not too disimilar from Sean Dyches attack minded outlook which looks to be taking the Clarets out of this division also... It`s the wrong way out for of the division for the Clarets for me though - they should be dropping into League 1! Allez les Bleus French Rover
  • Score: 13

12:09pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Keen O to Get Kean Out says...

Being truthful and honest, we are in for a beating, they are streets ahead of us and our standard has dropped at recent games.
Being truthful and honest, we are in for a beating, they are streets ahead of us and our standard has dropped at recent games. Keen O to Get Kean Out
  • Score: 0

12:11pm Wed 19 Mar 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Why can' the players not adopt a more mature and professional approach and just concentrate on wining the game first and talk about it afterwards. He will make himself look stupid should we be well beaten.We are not interested in empty talk just action. One win and everyone starts talking like we are world beaters down at Ewood. Let the football do the talking, nothing else will do
Why can' the players not adopt a more mature and professional approach and just concentrate on wining the game first and talk about it afterwards. He will make himself look stupid should we be well beaten.We are not interested in empty talk just action. One win and everyone starts talking like we are world beaters down at Ewood. Let the football do the talking, nothing else will do A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 12

12:30pm Wed 19 Mar 14

j bee says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Why can' the players not adopt a more mature and professional approach and just concentrate on wining the game first and talk about it afterwards. He will make himself look stupid should we be well beaten.We are not interested in empty talk just action. One win and everyone starts talking like we are world beaters down at Ewood. Let the football do the talking, nothing else will do
the fans are so fickle, its been like this all season , they are simply not good enough
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Why can' the players not adopt a more mature and professional approach and just concentrate on wining the game first and talk about it afterwards. He will make himself look stupid should we be well beaten.We are not interested in empty talk just action. One win and everyone starts talking like we are world beaters down at Ewood. Let the football do the talking, nothing else will do[/p][/quote]the fans are so fickle, its been like this all season , they are simply not good enough j bee
  • Score: -3

1:13pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title.

Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital.

All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us.

Lancashire United.
Our pleasure Charlie now don't let it slip, you could start thrashing some of them above us and return the favour!!
Now this is nicer banter :)
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title. Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital. All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us. Lancashire United.[/p][/quote]Our pleasure Charlie now don't let it slip, you could start thrashing some of them above us and return the favour!![/p][/quote]Now this is nicer banter :) ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 8

1:15pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mammamiauk says...

Rovers have surprised us when we least expect it and whilst we have greatly lacked consistency all season, we recently beat Reading. Am sure that many had also expected us to beat Bournemouth but we did not - we were dreadful that evening, though!

Having mentioned that, let us hope that Rovers will give it their all on Saturday and go all out for a massive result then!

Come on Rovers!

RTID
Rovers have surprised us when we least expect it and whilst we have greatly lacked consistency all season, we recently beat Reading. Am sure that many had also expected us to beat Bournemouth but we did not - we were dreadful that evening, though! Having mentioned that, let us hope that Rovers will give it their all on Saturday and go all out for a massive result then! Come on Rovers! RTID mammamiauk
  • Score: 6

1:44pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Stretch_22 says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title.

Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital.

All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us.

Lancashire United.
I'd normally get irked by posts from Burnley fans, but I can't help but laugh along with you, good post :-)
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title. Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital. All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us. Lancashire United.[/p][/quote]I'd normally get irked by posts from Burnley fans, but I can't help but laugh along with you, good post :-) Stretch_22
  • Score: 7

2:07pm Wed 19 Mar 14

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  • Score: 0

2:10pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Yeah_nice_one! says...

C'maaaaaAaaaaaaaaaN Boys !!!
C'maaaaaAaaaaaaaaaN Boys !!! Yeah_nice_one!
  • Score: -4

2:31pm Wed 19 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

ChrisDeBerg wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title.

Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital.

All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us.

Lancashire United.
Our pleasure Charlie now don't let it slip, you could start thrashing some of them above us and return the favour!!
Now this is nicer banter :)
Not sure who is taking the **** out of who, but it is pretty funny.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title. Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital. All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us. Lancashire United.[/p][/quote]Our pleasure Charlie now don't let it slip, you could start thrashing some of them above us and return the favour!![/p][/quote]Now this is nicer banter :)[/p][/quote]Not sure who is taking the **** out of who, but it is pretty funny. FCBurnley
  • Score: 2

3:31pm Wed 19 Mar 14

eddyo says...

It is good to be optimistic, glass half full, the hills are alive..., etc, etc, but we have had miserable fayre this year at home. After Bournemouth, I will not hold my breath but neither can Leicester be that good. Best team in this league - whitwoo!
*
Evans is a good lad though - a bit lightweight maybe but a decent player with the right attitude and I think he will hit good form alongside Cairney (given the chance). When fit, a combination of Conway, Marshall and King (if we use subs) as wingers and we will start to have the makings of a cracking midfield.
It is good to be optimistic, glass half full, the hills are alive..., etc, etc, but we have had miserable fayre this year at home. After Bournemouth, I will not hold my breath but neither can Leicester be that good. Best team in this league - whitwoo! * Evans is a good lad though - a bit lightweight maybe but a decent player with the right attitude and I think he will hit good form alongside Cairney (given the chance). When fit, a combination of Conway, Marshall and King (if we use subs) as wingers and we will start to have the makings of a cracking midfield. eddyo
  • Score: 2

4:06pm Wed 19 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

To get 3 points against the best team in the championship will take our best effort in every department but it is within our capabilities no question its all about a great team effort and nothing else so on that note l will say COYB let,s finish the last ten games with a swagger not a wimper,
To get 3 points against the best team in the championship will take our best effort in every department but it is within our capabilities no question its all about a great team effort and nothing else so on that note l will say COYB let,s finish the last ten games with a swagger not a wimper, noddy57
  • Score: 2

5:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mark anthony says...

Yawnnnnn. Keep your gob shut and do the talking on the pitch I am sick and fed up with all the comments made by players. Saying how we going to match opposite team skill for skill. Give it a rest and knockoff
Yawnnnnn. Keep your gob shut and do the talking on the pitch I am sick and fed up with all the comments made by players. Saying how we going to match opposite team skill for skill. Give it a rest and knockoff mark anthony
  • Score: 3

6:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

owd nick says...

FCBurnley wrote:
ChrisDeBerg wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title.

Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital.

All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us.

Lancashire United.
Our pleasure Charlie now don't let it slip, you could start thrashing some of them above us and return the favour!!
Now this is nicer banter :)
Not sure who is taking the **** out of who, but it is pretty funny.
Doesn't matter, real fans on both sides having a laugh, how it should be, made me smile.
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Supporting you all the way on Saturday lads, by beating Leicester for us you could really help us in our bid for the title. Also much love and many thanks for allowing Leon Best to go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, because his goal against QPR last night could prove vital. All this as well as the extra-generous four points you have given us this season to push us in the right direction - your help has not gone un-noticed by us. Lancashire United.[/p][/quote]Our pleasure Charlie now don't let it slip, you could start thrashing some of them above us and return the favour!![/p][/quote]Now this is nicer banter :)[/p][/quote]Not sure who is taking the **** out of who, but it is pretty funny.[/p][/quote]Doesn't matter, real fans on both sides having a laugh, how it should be, made me smile. owd nick
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Burnley59/60 says...

French Rover wrote:
Good spirit and attitude from Evans that hopefuly will be matched by all his team mates on saturday. Leicester are a very solid team and should go on to win this division easily - but there is no reason why we cannot have a real go at them at Ewood and grab at least a point or three!

Nigel Pearson has done a fantastic job there and took them to the play-off semi finals (after finishing in 6th place) last season - and has learnt from that experience and gone on now to make them a very strong and positive side that has put some great runs of wins together that got them to the top of the table.

If GB is going to go on and become a really good manager then he would do well to look at how Pearson has gone about it and Corry Evans words are probably not far away from Pearsons footballing philosophy of going out to win every game despite who the opposition are.

Also probably not too disimilar from Sean Dyches attack minded outlook which looks to be taking the Clarets out of this division also...

It`s the wrong way out for of the division for the Clarets for me though - they should be dropping into League 1!

Allez les Bleus
You dont know a lot about English football do you,Both teams belong in the Top Flight Im still sticking to The Clarets up as champions,and the Blues winning the play offs and The Reds staying in the league,great result from Accy last night by the way As a Claret I wish.Both The Blues and The Reds Luck for this weekend and The rest of the season
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Good spirit and attitude from Evans that hopefuly will be matched by all his team mates on saturday. Leicester are a very solid team and should go on to win this division easily - but there is no reason why we cannot have a real go at them at Ewood and grab at least a point or three! Nigel Pearson has done a fantastic job there and took them to the play-off semi finals (after finishing in 6th place) last season - and has learnt from that experience and gone on now to make them a very strong and positive side that has put some great runs of wins together that got them to the top of the table. If GB is going to go on and become a really good manager then he would do well to look at how Pearson has gone about it and Corry Evans words are probably not far away from Pearsons footballing philosophy of going out to win every game despite who the opposition are. Also probably not too disimilar from Sean Dyches attack minded outlook which looks to be taking the Clarets out of this division also... It`s the wrong way out for of the division for the Clarets for me though - they should be dropping into League 1! Allez les Bleus[/p][/quote]You dont know a lot about English football do you,Both teams belong in the Top Flight Im still sticking to The Clarets up as champions,and the Blues winning the play offs and The Reds staying in the league,great result from Accy last night by the way As a Claret I wish.Both The Blues and The Reds Luck for this weekend and The rest of the season Burnley59/60
  • Score: 2

7:55am Thu 20 Mar 14

bburnrover says...

The team needs someone in charge with a tactical nous and unfortunately GB does not have it as his constant selection of Lowe and Williamson as defensive pairings has cost us dear to the extent that not even Jordan Rhodes could score due to the lack of creativity in the team. We need to get upbeat and go for the jugular right from kick off no falling back into defence when one up like we did against Burnley we need 95 minutes (5 mins time added on) of forward pressure.
The team needs someone in charge with a tactical nous and unfortunately GB does not have it as his constant selection of Lowe and Williamson as defensive pairings has cost us dear to the extent that not even Jordan Rhodes could score due to the lack of creativity in the team. We need to get upbeat and go for the jugular right from kick off no falling back into defence when one up like we did against Burnley we need 95 minutes (5 mins time added on) of forward pressure. bburnrover
  • Score: 0

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