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Bennett: Teams see us as a scalp

Elliott reckons he's worked out why Rovers have been so successful on their travels this term

28 November 2017

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Elliott Bennett believes Rovers go away from home full of confidence, and not just because no team has conceded fewer than them in League One.

Rovers have won their last two treks on the road, gaining maximum points from Bury and Oxford United, and Bennett feels opponents' determination to stop Blackburn playing at Ewood is a big reason why the side have struggled - at times - to break down teams.

"Away from home, the hosts normally have to take the game to us, which gives us space to go into," he said.

"When you have players like Dacky [Bradley Dack] and Marcus [Antonsson], you have to try and get them involved as much as possible.

"At Ewood it's much more difficult to find those pockets of space because sides come and try to stock the midfield.

"Take Saturday for example. We started the game really well and if we scored in that period then the opponents' game plan goes out of the window.

"We've always known the quality we have in the dressing room. You wouldn't have found a stronger bench in the league than ours on Saturday.

But Bennett does feel Rovers have taken to League One after a bit of a slow start to the campaign.

"We're showing we're capable of doing the side of the game that isn't the most glamourous," the experienced winger said.

"I've been in teams where you aren't the biggest in the league and you want to go to the massive clubs and beat them. That's what's happening to us - no disrespect to the smaller clubs in this league. That's just the way it is.

"We did similar when we played Manchester United in the FA Cup and came close to causing an upset. The belief is really starting to come through now."

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