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Benno: Start as we mean to go on

Midfielder aiming for a three-point haul in an area that he knows well on Saturday at Ipswich Town

3 August 2018

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Elliott Bennett will be back in a familiar neck of the woods on Saturday for Rovers' curtain-raiser at Ipswich Town, and he's excited to get the season underway.

Benno spent five years at the Tractor Boys' arch rivals Norwich City prior to arriving at Ewood Park back in January 2016.
 
That means the 29-year-old is likely to get a frosty reception from the home support, but all he's concentrating is getting an opening day three point haul come 5pm in Suffolk.
 
“It’s exciting and something we worked really hard for last season in making sure we’re competing in the Championship again," he said when previewing the campaign and the trip south to iFollow Rovers.
 
"It’s been a long pre-season, the work has been done with that and all the lads are now looking forward to that first game.
 
“You know pre-season has to be done as it stands you in good stead throughout the campaign. Chris Rush (Head of Athletic Performance) has worked us really hard but as I said, it sets you up for the season.
 
“Whether you’re up a division or not, every year teams are getting fitter and fitter. You have to hit the ground running in pre-season, hit the ground running and push your body to the limits.
 
“We’ve had some fantastic games to test ourselves with before the season - you won’t come across a more fit team than Liverpool."
 
Rovers are used to winning games when it comes to league football. Last term saw the team victorious in 28 of them in League One, and although in a different division this time around, Bennett insists the aim remains the same.
 
“You can’t read too much from the opening game of the season, but we’ll be going out there as we would for all 46 games this season - with the aim of winning them," he added.
 
“You don’t want to be in the situation where it takes you a while to win a game. We’re really aiming to get off to a flyer and see what happens from there, taking it one game at a time."

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