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MISSING EVANS

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer, who was without midfielder Corry Evans for the match against QPR, says that the team should only concentrate about winning the rest of the matches in the season without having to think about the play-offs.

After an inconsistent season, Blackburn find themselves several points behind the final play-off places. However, they seem to be hitting form at a time when teams above them are struggling to find consistency. This has been Blackburn close the gap on sixth placed Reading to just four points with five matches remaining.

Even though the players are excited about the possibility of getting back into the Premier league through the play-offs, Rovers manager Bowyer says that winning should be the main priority right now. The top two teams from the Championship had promoted automatically to the Premier League, while the next six teams have to go through a play-off. Since the home defeat at the hands of Bournemouth, Blackburn had found another gear within themselves. They have managed to stay undefeated since then and this includes matches against top teams like QPR.

The 2-0 win over QPR has helped them ended hopes of automatic promotion for Harry Redknapp’s team, but more importantly, this win was achieved without key players.

“We remember where we were this time last year so we won’t be getting carried away or anything like that. We’ve just got to concentrate game by game and we’ve got a difficult game coming up against Sheffield Wednesday. You can’t predict other teams’ results – that is the craziness of the Championship. We’ve got five more games left and I’m sure it will spin out different permutations,” said the manager, who has been handed a permanent role at the club after managing to avoid relegation last season.

He is expected to challenge for promotion next campaign.