Manager Tony Mowbray was delighted to see Corry Evans make a goalscoring return to the Rovers starting line-up on Tuesday night.
Making his first start in a Rovers shirt since December 2016, the Northern Ireland international fired a fine opening goal to help his side knock out Coventry City 3-1 in the opening round of the Carabao Cup.
The Rovers boss has been impressed with what he has seen from the midfielder and believes he can be a key member of his squad this season.
"You cans see how influential he is in our football team and yet he didn't even start the other day," said Mowbray.
"I felt as though that was because of the pre-season.
"He missed all of my period at the football club at the end of last season and didn’t play a game. He missed practically the week in Austria and I felt as though he has to work his way in to the team.
"He showed me that it is very difficult to leave Corry Evans out of the team because of his talent in tight areas, his ability to pick passes, his ability to get around the pitch.
"He nicks the ball, he intercepts it, he's a clever brain. So there's competition and hopefully we'll bring another midfield player in this week if we can to add competition to Smallwood, Whittingham and Evans."
Evans and Rovers are back in action this Saturday when Doncaster Rovers are the visitors to Ewood Park for the first home game of the season.
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