Evans: There can be last day drama for Rovers
CORRY Evans is refusing to rule out another dramatic last day of the campaign which could end with Blackburn Rovers sneaking into the play-offs.
The odds are heavily stacked against Gary Bowyer’s in-form side as they will have to beat Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park on Saturday and hope results elsewhere go their way.
Evans accepts it is going to be a tall order, but the tenacious Rovers midfielder, who was part of the Hull City squad that won promotion from the Championship on the final day of last season after it appeared that Watford would pip the Tigers to second spot, reckons ‘anything can happen in football’.
“The season’s not dead for us going into the last game – there’s still something to play for,” said Evans, who produced an outstanding performance in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Charlton Athletic.
“From my experience with Hull last season, when it went right to the wire, I know anything can happen in football.
“All we can do is worry about ourselves and get the three points.”
If Rovers were to beat top-six rivals Wigan it would stretch their unbeaten run to 12 matches and ensure they would end the campaign on 70 points, two more points than Leicester City achieved in finishing sixth last season.
That would give Evans further confidence going into the new term – even if the play-offs fall just out of reach.
“We’ve got a good blend now, we all know each other’s game,” said the 23-year-old, who was one of 12 senior signings made by Rovers boss Bowyer last summer.
“At the start there were a lot of new faces coming into Blackburn, including myself, so it was always going to take time to get to know each other and gel.
“But I think we’ve shown over these last 11 last unbeaten games that we are growing in confidence and getting stronger with our performances.
“We’ve just got to cut out the sloppy goals we concede and try and maintain the way we want to play.”
Saturday’s victory at relegation-threatened Charlton, secured by strikes from Rudy Gestede, Michael Keane and Tom Cairney and aided by Paul Robinson’s first-half penalty save, extended Rovers’ unbeaten away run to six games, during which time they have scored 19 goals.
And Evans said: “It was very pleasing to come away from home and get the three points.
“I thought we were comfortable in the first half but obviously they had a penalty and Robbo made a great save to keep us in the lead.
“And in the second half I thought we showed dominance with the possession we had and the chances we created.”
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