Blackburn Rovers ace Corry Evans targets top six

Corry Evans

Corry Evans

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

FIT-AGAIN Corry Evans is desperate to get his stop-start Blackburn Rovers career off the ground – and play his part in the club’s push for the play-offs.

The box-to-box midfielder has made just eight appearances for Rovers since signing from Hull City in the summer. After missing the first two matches of the season with a groin injury Evans quickly established himself as a key member of Gary Bowyer’s new-look team.

But just as he was a hitting top form the 23-year-old sustained ankle-ligament damage while playing for Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualifier in Israel on October 15.

Evans had pinned his hopes on being back by the start of the year.

But a series of setbacks means it is only now, after four frustrating months on the sidelines, that he is ready to return to boss Bowyer’s starting line-up.

Evans, an unused substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough, cannot wait to pull on the blue-and-white halved shirt again.

And, with a third of the campaign still to play, he is determined to help Rovers gatecrash the top six.

Evans said: “It was good travelling with the lads on Saturday and it was really nice to be amongst it all and be in the changing room again.

“I just can’t wait to get on and make an appearance now.

“Even though I’ve been here all season I haven’t played much so I’m just looking to get back in there and help the team push on up the table.

“It took me a few games to get into it at the start of the season because I came with an injury so hopefully I can get back to how I was playing and help the team.

“We’re in touching distance of the play-offs and as long as we’re there or thereabouts come the last few games of the season, hopefully we can make a push and get in there.”

Evans made his competitive comeback on Monday when he played 62 minutes of the U21s Premier League encounter with Tottenham Hotspur at Leigh Sports Village.

The former Manchester United will get another chance to shake off the ring rust in this Monday’s U21s game against Aston Villa at Villa Park (7pm).

If Evans comes through unscathed he could come into contention for place in the Rovers side for their big Championship clash at Reading on Saturday week.

Evans said: “I’m just glad to be back now and having played my first game.

“It was 60 minutes and it was much needed in terms of fitness and getting up to speed of match play again, which is something you need before you get ready for the first team.

“I’ll train the rest of the week and be involved in another reserves game against Aston Villa.

“Then it is just a case of being back in the squad and getting in the first team if I get a chance.”

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11:19am Thu 13 Feb 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Welcome back Corry. We've missed your drive in midfield. Just make sure you do your talking on the pitch.
Welcome back Corry. We've missed your drive in midfield. Just make sure you do your talking on the pitch. Harwoodstblue
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11:59am Thu 13 Feb 14

kfc yummy says...

Oh dear another push for a top six spot.
Oh dear another push for a top six spot. kfc yummy
  • Score: -16

12:37pm Thu 13 Feb 14

john byrom says...

kfc yummy wrote:
Oh dear another push for a top six spot.
We will see you ARROGANT Dingles in the play off,s .You scrounger go and get a job instead off being on the Rovers pages. Still who would go on the Dingles pages enough said there then.
[quote][p][bold]kfc yummy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear another push for a top six spot.[/p][/quote]We will see you ARROGANT Dingles in the play off,s .You scrounger go and get a job instead off being on the Rovers pages. Still who would go on the Dingles pages enough said there then. john byrom
  • Score: 7

1:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Stretch_22 says...

Cant wait to see him - lots of potential
Cant wait to see him - lots of potential Stretch_22
  • Score: 8

1:12pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Wild Rover says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Welcome back Corry. We've missed your drive in midfield. Just make sure you do your talking on the pitch.
He will, he definitely will. I want him in the derby against the no-midfield long ball Dingle Barcelona (?) squad
Having my birthday party that day (after the match) Looking forward to the celebrations, it wont be jelly and ice cream anyway!
Bring it on!!
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: Welcome back Corry. We've missed your drive in midfield. Just make sure you do your talking on the pitch.[/p][/quote]He will, he definitely will. I want him in the derby against the no-midfield long ball Dingle Barcelona (?) squad Having my birthday party that day (after the match) Looking forward to the celebrations, it wont be jelly and ice cream anyway! Bring it on!! Wild Rover
  • Score: 10

1:18pm Thu 13 Feb 14

razwoods78 says...

Mr 'I don't know when to use a hyphen correctly Wheelock'....
Mr 'I don't know when to use a hyphen correctly Wheelock'.... razwoods78
  • Score: 2

1:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

razwoods78 says...

razwoods78 wrote:
Mr 'I don't know when to use a hyphen correctly Wheelock'....
Pardon my grammar and incorrect use of the inverted comma

Mr 'I don't know when to use a hyphen correctly' Wheelock.

(had to correct it before any pedantic dingles pointed it out)

Ps. Great to have Evans back. He looked a genuine bargin before the injury.
[quote][p][bold]razwoods78[/bold] wrote: Mr 'I don't know when to use a hyphen correctly Wheelock'....[/p][/quote]Pardon my grammar and incorrect use of the inverted comma Mr 'I don't know when to use a hyphen correctly' Wheelock. (had to correct it before any pedantic dingles pointed it out) Ps. Great to have Evans back. He looked a genuine bargin before the injury. razwoods78
  • Score: 5

1:46pm Thu 13 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

john byrom wrote:
kfc yummy wrote:
Oh dear another push for a top six spot.
We will see you ARROGANT Dingles in the play off,s .You scrounger go and get a job instead off being on the Rovers pages. Still who would go on the Dingles pages enough said there then.
You will never make the play-off's you clown.
[quote][p][bold]john byrom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kfc yummy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear another push for a top six spot.[/p][/quote]We will see you ARROGANT Dingles in the play off,s .You scrounger go and get a job instead off being on the Rovers pages. Still who would go on the Dingles pages enough said there then.[/p][/quote]You will never make the play-off's you clown. look.up.blackburn
  • Score: -9

2:15pm Thu 13 Feb 14

garyintandem says...

look.up.blackburn wrote:
john byrom wrote:
kfc yummy wrote:
Oh dear another push for a top six spot.
We will see you ARROGANT Dingles in the play off,s .You scrounger go and get a job instead off being on the Rovers pages. Still who would go on the Dingles pages enough said there then.
You will never make the play-off's you clown.
Playoffs
[quote][p][bold]look.up.blackburn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john byrom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kfc yummy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear another push for a top six spot.[/p][/quote]We will see you ARROGANT Dingles in the play off,s .You scrounger go and get a job instead off being on the Rovers pages. Still who would go on the Dingles pages enough said there then.[/p][/quote]You will never make the play-off's you clown.[/p][/quote]Playoffs garyintandem
  • Score: 2

2:15pm Thu 13 Feb 14

garyintandem says...

look.up.blackburn wrote:
john byrom wrote:
kfc yummy wrote:
Oh dear another push for a top six spot.
We will see you ARROGANT Dingles in the play off,s .You scrounger go and get a job instead off being on the Rovers pages. Still who would go on the Dingles pages enough said there then.
You will never make the play-off's you clown.
Playoffs
[quote][p][bold]look.up.blackburn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john byrom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kfc yummy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear another push for a top six spot.[/p][/quote]We will see you ARROGANT Dingles in the play off,s .You scrounger go and get a job instead off being on the Rovers pages. Still who would go on the Dingles pages enough said there then.[/p][/quote]You will never make the play-off's you clown.[/p][/quote]Playoffs garyintandem
  • Score: 1

2:15pm Thu 13 Feb 14

garyintandem says...

razwoods78 wrote:
razwoods78 wrote:
Mr 'I don't know when to use a hyphen correctly Wheelock'....
Pardon my grammar and incorrect use of the inverted comma

Mr 'I don't know when to use a hyphen correctly' Wheelock.

(had to correct it before any pedantic dingles pointed it out)

Ps. Great to have Evans back. He looked a genuine bargin before the injury.
Bargain
[quote][p][bold]razwoods78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]razwoods78[/bold] wrote: Mr 'I don't know when to use a hyphen correctly Wheelock'....[/p][/quote]Pardon my grammar and incorrect use of the inverted comma Mr 'I don't know when to use a hyphen correctly' Wheelock. (had to correct it before any pedantic dingles pointed it out) Ps. Great to have Evans back. He looked a genuine bargin before the injury.[/p][/quote]Bargain garyintandem
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Thu 13 Feb 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Don't think many of us doubt that the players want to push on for the play off's and that they have the ability to do it. They key is going to be the managers tactics and the formation of team he puts out. this will ultimately decide if we get into the play off's or not.
Don't think many of us doubt that the players want to push on for the play off's and that they have the ability to do it. They key is going to be the managers tactics and the formation of team he puts out. this will ultimately decide if we get into the play off's or not. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 8

2:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

garyintandem wrote:
look.up.blackburn wrote:
john byrom wrote:
kfc yummy wrote:
Oh dear another push for a top six spot.
We will see you ARROGANT Dingles in the play off,s .You scrounger go and get a job instead off being on the Rovers pages. Still who would go on the Dingles pages enough said there then.
You will never make the play-off's you clown.
Playoffs
You can spell it however you like but it wont change the fact that you ain't getting there.

10th place and 16 points behind the Clarets shows exactly where you are.
[quote][p][bold]garyintandem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]look.up.blackburn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john byrom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kfc yummy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear another push for a top six spot.[/p][/quote]We will see you ARROGANT Dingles in the play off,s .You scrounger go and get a job instead off being on the Rovers pages. Still who would go on the Dingles pages enough said there then.[/p][/quote]You will never make the play-off's you clown.[/p][/quote]Playoffs[/p][/quote]You can spell it however you like but it wont change the fact that you ain't getting there. 10th place and 16 points behind the Clarets shows exactly where you are. look.up.blackburn
  • Score: -3

2:25pm Thu 13 Feb 14

MattNewcastle says...

GREAT NEWS

Will be interesting what tactics / formation Team GB adopts once he is up to speed for home and away games.

Current 4 1 2 1 2 as adopted against Barnsley and Middlesbrough has put huge pressure and responsibilty on our full backs.
GREAT NEWS Will be interesting what tactics / formation Team GB adopts once he is up to speed for home and away games. Current 4 1 2 1 2 as adopted against Barnsley and Middlesbrough has put huge pressure and responsibilty on our full backs. MattNewcastle
  • Score: 6

5:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Captain Dreckley says...

The lad cannot come back quick enough for me. He really is what we are lacking in midfield. Top six, why not? But we need to see the best from this squad with a decent run of wins.
The lad cannot come back quick enough for me. He really is what we are lacking in midfield. Top six, why not? But we need to see the best from this squad with a decent run of wins. Captain Dreckley
  • Score: 3

9:17am Fri 14 Feb 14

bburnrover says...

I think we should build a squad for next year and hope it knits together well as this year we lose our way during games and we don't seem to be able to score goals.
I just hope its the players and not GB's fault because Derby is a prime example of that with Clough's sacking McLaren has shown what can happen with good tatics and a more attacking philosophy. Derby are now the leading goal grabbers in our division.
I think we should build a squad for next year and hope it knits together well as this year we lose our way during games and we don't seem to be able to score goals. I just hope its the players and not GB's fault because Derby is a prime example of that with Clough's sacking McLaren has shown what can happen with good tatics and a more attacking philosophy. Derby are now the leading goal grabbers in our division. bburnrover
  • Score: 0

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