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Blackburn Rovers midfielder calls for end to away pain
CORRY Evans reckons the ‘fantastic’ team spirit coursing through the Blackburn Rovers camp can inspire them to a first away victory of the season at Bournemouth tomorrow (3pm).
Rovers have had a free week to prepare for the clash and their Northern Ireland international midfielder believes the additional time spent together will pay dividends at the Goldsands Stadium.
Evans said: “We’ve had a really good preparation for the game and the team spirit is really high at the minute.
“I asked the boys about last year and they said everyone was down but I haven’t seen anything like that since I came to the club.
“All the lads are playing for one another and there’s a lot of healthy competition for places.
“The team spirit is fantastic.”
Bournemouth’s rise up the Football League under former Burnley boss Eddie Howe has been rapid.
As Sam Allardyce’s Rovers were finishing 15th in the Premier League in 2008-09, the Cherries were narrowly avoiding relegation out of the Football League.
But they have won two promotions in the four seasons since then and, given that they sit four points and seven places above Rovers in the current Championship standings, they go will into tomorrow’s match as favourites.
It is a remarkable reversal in the fortunes of both clubs.
Evans knows Rovers will be coming up against a team that is riding on a crest of a wave.
But the 23-year-old remains confident they will come crashing back down tomorrow.
“Bournemouth came up last year so they’ll be on a high,” said Evans, who joined Rovers from Hull City last month.
“They’ve started well and you’ve seen it in the past with teams like Southampton and Norwich who have come up from League One and gone on to make it back-to-back promotions.
“We’ll have to nullify that by taking the game to them and by trying to get that goal.
“If we can stamp our authority on the game I think we’ll come out with the three points.
“You want to go away from home and silence their crowd and maybe get their supporters on their own side’s backs a bit.
“That would give us momentum and it’s not nice when you’re in that situation.”
Bournemouth boss Howe admits he is still has to ‘pinch’ himself that his side are now taking on the likes of Rovers.
He said: “They were an established Premier League team recently and they are looking to get back there.
“We are so few games into the season it is difficult to say who is going to be competing at the top.
“All I do know is that they are a good side with a very good goalscorer in Jordan Rhodes and are going to be a real threat.
“These are great games, you have to pinch yourselves sometimes.”
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