FIT-AGAIN midfielder Corry Evans has urged his Blackburn Rovers team-mates to take their derby frustration out on Bournemouth at Ewood Park tomorrow night.

Evans revealed there was a feeling of exasperation in the Rovers dressing room after they ‘threw away’ victory at home to bitter rivals Burnley on Sunday.

But the Northern Ireland international, who made his first start in more than five months in the 2-1 loss, is determined to use that feeling to inspire a much needed win over the Cherries.

“We were very down and flat after the game but it was more frustration than anything having been in the lead and then throwing it away in the manner that we did,” said summer signing Evans.

“The two goals we gave away were sloppy in the sense that was one a set-piece and the other was a mix-up in the penalty area.

“But we’ve got to move on now and take that frustration into our next game.

“It’s disappointing and frustrating not to have beaten Burnley, for the fans and for everyone connected with the club.

“But we’ve just got to focus now, try and put it behind us and try and win as many games between now and the end of the season – and that starts with Bournemouth on Wednesday.”

One of the positives Rovers could cling to following their first defeat to the Clarets in 35 years was the return to scoring form of top scorer Jordan Rhodes.

His goal halted a nine-match barren run and took his tally for the term up to 17.

With Rhodes having ended the longest dry spell of his prolific Ewood career, Evans believes the forward can help Rovers get their faltering play-off push back on track.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the fact that he hadn’t scored but every day in training he’s been fantastic and the lads are pleased for him that’s he’s got his rewards,” said Evans, who won promotion from the Championship with Hull City last season.

“It was a great finish, a typical Jordan Rhodes goal, and hopefully he can help us kick on now towards the end of the season and try and push for that last play-off position.

“We’re six points off with a game in hand and you never know what can happen in this league – I had experience of it last season when it went down to the last day.”

The return of Evans, who has been sidelined since sustaining ankle-ligament damage while on international duty in October, was also a big boost for Rovers.

Of his return, he said: “It was my first 90 minutes back in the first team so it’s coming along nicely.

“Obviously it was frustrating not to get the win but it was good to get back out on the pitch and great to be part of a Lancashire derby.

“It was a great atmosphere but it was just disappointing not to be on the winning team.”