Date: 10th March 2015 at 6:21pm
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On loan Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan has said he’s relishing Wednesday night’s encounter against Blackburn Rovers.

This will be Bannan’s first derby experience between Bolton and Blackburn since he came into the club, and with it coming on his eighth appearance for the club, he’s hoping to end the evening with plenty to smile about.

The 25 year old Scottish international explained to the Official Site ahead of the game.

‘It`s been a bit of a long week since our match against Reading last Tuesday – we had a disappointing result that night, but we`ve all been really looking forward to the derby against Blackburn.’

Bannan goes on to say that in many ways the break is well timed because of how the fixtures have been falling, but equally it can be a hindrance as on the back of a disappointing result the players want to get out back there into a game environment to do all they can to put it right and we haven’t been able to do that – but with more time on the training pitch to prepare for the game, hopefully we can get the result we all want.

‘Having that break can sometimes be a blessing and a curse at the same time, but it`s allowed a lot of the players who have figured in a lot of games lately to recharge their batteries and also a few of the injured lads to get back up to speed and fitness. We feel fresh ahead of the game on Wednesday and hopefully the match will see us welcome back a couple of faces who have been missing in recent weeks who will be able to bring something extra to the team. That said though, it`s a game that we`re all looking forward to and hopefully we can pick up all three points on the night.’

As for how he’d found his time at the club since making the move, Bannan was just pleased to be playing regular football again – having missed only two minutes of action or something daft like that since his arrival.

‘I`m just thoroughly enjoying my football at the minute. I`ve featured in all the games since I`ve arrived at the club and for me, it`s just great to be out there playing regularly again. The lads have all been fantastic with me so far – we have a great squad here and I`m enjoying working with the manager, so I`m excited for the rest of the season and what lies ahead.’

Of course ahead of the game against Blackburn, Bannan will have a friendly face joining him in the squad with manager Neil Lennon making the move for fellow Palace player Paddy McCarthy who joined us earlier today until the end of the season.

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