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Evans: The game's third goal was crucial

Midfielder disappointed that Rovers let a two-goal lead slip through their fingers

5 March 2018

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After racing into a 2-0 half time lead, most knew the next goal would be huge, and this is the exact stance midfielder Corry Evans had when he reflected after the game.

It was Evans himself who had a good opportunity to really make things great just before half time, but saw Christian Walton save his bouncing volley.

Wigan battled back after Adam Armstrong and then Elliott Bennett had handed the hosts the two-goal advantage early on, and speaking just after the game, Northern Irishman Evans said the game's third goal was the turning point.

“We were in a good position but they came back in to it in the second half and got the two goals which is disappointing from a really comfortable lead we had," he told to reporters after the battle at Ewood Park.

“We spoke about it at half-time that the third goal was going to be crucial, they managed to get it and we didn’t respond to it and it was two soft goals that we let in.

“We’re still right up there, top of the league and Wigan have a lot of games to catch up on and the pressure is still on them. 

"We set out really well, started the game with a high intensity, on the front foot and managed to get the two great goals."

And Evans added that it's vital for Rovers not to dwell on the disappointment of losing that two-goal addvantage and insists that the focus must straight away switch to Blackpool's visit to Ewood Park next week.

“It’s disappointing from a really comfortable position but we have to dust ourselves down and go again next week," Evans said.

“It’s time to recharge the batteries and it will be nice to get a little break during the week. Wigan and Shrewsbury have games to catch up from the cups and postponements so there’s a lot of pressure on them. It doesn’t matter how we get the wins, just that we get the three points.

“It didn’t happen (against Wigan) but we go again next week against Blackpool."

Rovers are next in action on Saturday 10th March when ex-boss Gary Bowyer brings his Blackpool team to Ewood Park in League One.

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