Blackburn boss: Everybody is 'fighting for a shirt'

Gary Bowyer is delighted that his Blackburn squad are showing a desire for Championship success.

Rovers face Wigan in the Lancashire Derby this weekend, and manager Gary Bowyer is adamant that their performances have been much better than results imply.

Prior to the international break, Rovers went down 3-1 at over-performing Wolves - a result that left the former Premier League champions in 14th place.

Despite suffering their second league defeat of the season, the trio of deadline day signings brought to the club have lifted spirits, and Bowyer is certain that the desire to win will bring a result against the Latics this weekend.

Jason Steele, Shane Duffy and Ryan Tunnicliffe all arrived at Ewood Park during the late hours of deadline day, with the trio available for the home fixture this weekend, and Bowyer told the Lancashire Telegraph that the competition for places has never been fiercer.

He said: “We go into the game against Wigan with a boost of the new faces coming in and the competition has already increased the intensity of the training because the nature of the lads we have got is competitive.

“Everybody is fighting for a shirt and that’s something I’ve always wanted ever since I took over.

“We’ve got that. We’ve got that attitude and got that character.”

Having gained seven points from five games, Rovers sit firmly mid table, but Bowyer is confident that their performances will start to bring results.

“We also go into the Wigan game full of confidence in terms of our performance at Wolves.

“We were the away team and we’ve looked at the stats in terms of possession and goal attempts.

“We’ve just got to cut out the individual errors and a little bit of the soft defending that has given goals to the opposition.

“If we weren’t playing particularly well, we’d be worried.”

A win for Blackburn over their county rivals could see Bowyer’s team move into the play-off places at this early point of the season.

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