Date: 11th August 2016 at 12:01pm
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Defeat to Norwich on Saturday was bad enough, Elliott Bennett literally added injury to insult with his hamstring strain but former Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has made a promising start to his Blackburn career with three-goals in his first two-matches for Rovers.

Bennett, against his former side, suffered a hamstring injury at Ewood Park on Saturday with that keeping him out of the League Cup win at Mansfield on Tuesday.

Owen Coyle’s confirmed Blackburn could do well to see the winger involved again before October arrives as he’s facing up to six-weeks out, telling

‘Elliott Bennett is possibly out for four to six weeks with his hamstring from Saturday, so that is a blow.’

His loss isn’t ideal but Stokes’ most impressive start to life with Blackburn is.

Stokes came off the substitutes bench to pull a goal back against Norwich at the weekend to mark his Blackburn debut with a goal, that couldn’t prevent a four-one defeat though with him bagging a brace in the three-one Rovers win at the One Call Stadium.

If it hadn’t been for the crossbar he would have completed a ‘perfect hat-trick.’

He’s told the Lancashire Telegraph he’s happy with the start he’s made to life with Blackburn but feels there’s still ‘plenty more to come.’

‘It`s a good start but there`s a long way to go. I said when I came here I wanted to make an impact and there`s no point starting off strong and then fading away. I want to get stronger and get my fitness up even more. I`m only a game-and-a-half in so there`s plenty more to come.

‘I`ve just got to keep working hard and keep getting in the right positions in the game. I needed the 90 minutes (on Tuesday). I was a little bit tired toward the end but I was pushing for the hat-trick. I felt a bit unlucky when it hit the crossbar, as I thought it was in, but I was in the right positions to take my chances and I was unlucky with one or two others.’

The partnership he’s starting to build up with Danny Graham (who of course returned to Blackburn on a permanent basis in the summer too) has shown early promise too with the Republic of Ireland international concluding.

‘Danny is great to play with. He`s strong, he`s good with the ball at his feet, and he links up well. I`m just trying to get in and around him, and try and get in and amongst the goals, and get in the areas where I can try and affect things.’

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