Corry Evans concluded his pre-season with not just a victory but a very strong display against Premier League Everton on Thursday night, and now says he cannot wait to take on Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday.
The Northern Ireland international was among a number of other senior players who weren't risked against Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon, but played for over 80 minutes against the Toffees on Thursday.
The 27-year-old produced an accomplished display alongside Richie Smallwood in the holding midfield positions against Marco Silva's outfit in midweek, with Rovers triumphing thanks to goals from Darragh Lenihan, Dominic Samuel and Bradley Dack.
The new season is on the brink of beginning, and Evans reckons Rovers are in good shape ahead of the opener in Suffolk on Saturday.
“It was good against tough opposition, but I think we got what we wanted from the game," the ex-Hull City man told iFollow after the game. "It was about getting as many minutes as we could and try and get in to a rhythm for next week.
“We can take confidence from that performance, the fitness as well, and look forward to Ipswich. We were right at it, pressed well, used the ball well and took our chances when we had them.
“Our fitness levels have been getting better every game, that was proved again. We are a week ahead of Everton and I think that showed.
“You can’t take that much from pre-season games in terms of results, but the performance and fitness, everyone looks ready for next week."
Rovers are likely to have close to a full bill of health for the longest trip of the season, with only Sam Hart and Ben Gladwin doubts for the journey south.
And Corry adds that Rovers will take on the Tractor Boys in buoyant mood.
“We have picked up from last season and we’re in a mentality of winning games and being hard to beat," he added.
“A couple of years ago it was a difficult time but full credit to the manager and the everyone for buying in to what he’s trying to bring. We’ve had to change the mentality and I think that just shows what a good job he’s done.
“Hopefully we can carry that on and we’re all ready for Ipswich."