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Orr: Blackburn Rovers need to find that winning feeling
BRADLEY Orr has stressed the importance of getting that ‘winning feeling’ as soon as possible after insisting it would ease the nerves around Ewood Park.
The Blackburn Rovers full back believes there is an inevitable “edginess” around the club as they look to repay the faith put in them – but is confident a win at home to Hull tomorrow would settle everyone down.
Orr described Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich as a “decent” start to their Championship campaign but is adamant there is a lot more to come from a team still trying to gel.
And, with eight new signings already made this summer, Orr believes opening their home campaign with victory would be a big step forward in their bid to earn an instant Premier League return.
Orr said: “Hopefully we can get off to a winning start at home and take that into the weekend. We need to make sure we are right for that.
“Once you get your first win under your belts, it puts everyone at ease. At the start of any season, it is always a bit cagey and edgy because you don’t want to let anyone down.
“We have to pull together off the back of a decent away point and move on and be nice and positive at home and try and get the three points.”
Rovers gave full league debuts to four summer signings on Saturday, with Paulo Jorge making his as a substitute, as they were made to work hard to return from Suffolk with a point.
Jason Lowe’s own goal left the travelling army disappointed with what seemed a defensive second half display, but Orr insists it should not be considered a bad start.
“We went to a very hostile, tough place to go against a good young team, who have been together a while,” he said. “To take a point is maybe not too bad and considering the conditions, it was the hottest I had ever played in, we can’t be too disappointed with that.
“I think it will take a bit of time, that is natural. The signs were promising though. The new lads have come and stamped their authority.
“I think it will only get better because the more we play together and get to know each other more, the more it will help.
“The new lads, not only their ability but the personalities will start to come out. You have big characters like Danny Murphy, Dickson Etuhu and Colin – among others – who have a massive part to play and the more we play together the more their personalities will come out. We can only expect more.”
“A couple of the lads in the middle of the park got bookings and you were a little bit wary to press in case you picked up a second yellow card. Because we were a goal up your mentality changes and you do drop a bit deeper and try to hit them on the break.
“Credit to Ipswich, they have got some good players and will cause a threat against a lot of teams. We had chances but in the end it was a fair result and not a bad one.”