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Evans: There's a long way to go

The Northern Ireland international believes the players' mentality will have a big part to play this season

2 January 2018

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Corry Evans believes the mentality within the Rovers camp could prove key as the season wears on.

Tony Mowbray's side are now unbeaten in 18 games in all competitions, with our last defeat coming at the start of October.

Speaking after Monday's 1-1 draw at Rotherham, Evans says the players have set high standards which will be important for the promotion push.

“We’ve got that mentality where even if you don’t want you come away with at least a point," he told reporters.

“There’s still a long way to go and we’ll keep chipping away.

“We’ve got high expectations of ourselves to come away from home and win games. When you do draw a game, sometimes it feels like a defeat. 

“We need to keep on picking up points to be right up there at the top and keep breathing down the neck of Wigan and Shrewsbury.

“We’ve got a cup game [against Hull] on Saturday and will go again [against Shrewsbury] the week after.

Asked to comment on the game itself, the midfielder was naturally frustrated to concede a goal late on, and has called on Rovers to improve at defending set pieces.

“We’re obviously disappointed to have lost a goal late on. I thought we defended well, especially when we took the lead, and I thought we’d see it out," he added.

“We expected that, they’re a big team with some big lads at the back. They also brought subs on who were a big threat in the air.

“We brought Elliott Ward on to try to shore things up and head some balls away, which we did, but unfortunately it was a sucker punch from a set play.

“It’s something we’ve got to get better at; it’s happened quite often and we need to address it and put it right."

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