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'He's crucial to the way we play'

Corry Evans has been in sparkling form throughout Rovers' four-game winning run in the Championship

8 December 2019

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There's been a number of excellent displays from Rovers in our four-game winning streak, but one man in particular has really stood out from the crowd.

Corry Evans initially found game time hard to come by at the beginning of the campaign, but having been brought back in from the cold, the Northern Ireland international must now surely be one of the first names on Tony Mowbray's teamsheet.

The 29-year-old produced another impressive display against Derby County at the weekend, and also grabbed himself an assist alongside his stelar defensive work at the heart of the Rovers midfield.

His form has been excellent, and the boss has been thrilled with the performances that the Belfast-born midfield man has been displaying

“I thought Corry Evans was magnificent again," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers after the 1-0 win against The Rams. "What a shift he’s putting in.

“He plays on the front foot, so the number of times he turns the ball over for us, off the opposition’s passing, because he anticipates, reads, nicks it, is crucial for the way we play.

“Because then it goes into (Bradley) Dack, (Adam) Armstrong runs, Dack swivels and turns, and slides Armstrong in, who crosses and (Danny) Graham scores. Or whoever scores.

“So we have to turn the ball over in midfield and Evans is as good as we’ve got at anticipating and reading it and playing on the front foot. It was a lovely pass to Armstrong for the goal as well.

“I think Corry’s enjoying his football. At times, I think he’s been frustrated because he goes away on international duty in September, October and November, and when he comes back he’s been away for two weeks, we don’t really recognise the player because he probably hasn’t done much training, he’s played a couple of games for an hour and I find it difficult to put him in the team because he’s not up to the speed of the rest of the players who have been here.

“So he has had a stop-start start to the season, but now his international games have finished, he’s right back at it and looking a really, really good footballer.” 

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