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Determined to right wrongs - Benno

"I'm striving to get this club back to where it should be," says the midfielder

6 October 2017

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Elliott Bennett says there's a collective desire within the Rovers squad to right the wrongs from last season.

The 28-year-old, who yesterday signed a new two-year deal with the club, admits that the players underperformed in last year’s Championship campaign and that they owe it to the staff and supporters to try and make amends.

"When you fail, whether that's as a group or as an individual, you want to try and put it right," he said." "I'm no different to that.

"There's a lot of lads in that dressing room that were part of last season and we all had a really good chat when we came back in pre-season and spoke about how much we owe it to the club and ourselves to right the wrongs of last year and that's what we're looking to do this season.

"No doubt about it, Blackburn Rovers shouldn't be in League One. We failed last year and you can point fingers at whoever you want, but as a group, collectively, the players didn't do enough to stay in the division and obviously that was really disappointing.

"We have to put that aside, because League One is a tough league, as we found on the first day of the season, and ever since that wake-up call, I think we've all really knuckled down, really taken on board what the gaffer wants and we're really striving towards that aim at the end of the season.

"I don't like to look too far ahead. The game away at Oldham on the 14th is our sole focus, but there's no beating around the bush, we're not looking at anything other than getting promoted and that should be the only aim when you play for Blackburn Rovers." 

Despite Rovers' relegation into League One, Bennett insists he has ‘enjoyed every minute' of his time at the club so far and he is determined to turn things around for the hard-working support staff behind the scenes, who have made him feel so welcome from day one.

"I've enjoyed every minute of being at this football club," added the popular midfielder, who joined from Norwich City in January 2016.

"I think everyone's taken to me and when you come into a workplace you just want to be happy and try to make people smile. 

"Ever since I walked through the door, everyone down at the training ground, the people behind the scenes that fans don't tend to see, everyone has been fantastic with me and we're trying to right the wrongs from last year.

"And if you're not doing it for yourself, you're trying to do it for the people that do work really hard every day in the background.

"They're all a massive part of the club and I'm just striving to do as well as I can for this football club and get us back to where we should be."

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