Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean is in a positive frame of mind heading into Wednesday’s clash with Newcastle at Ewood Park.
Although they sit third from the bottom of the English Premier League, Blackburn will be looking to build on their 3-1 win over Fulham and their 1-1 draw at Everton when they host Newcastle – who knocked them out of the FA Cup on January 7.
Further buoying Blackburn’s hopes will be the news that Newcastle’s Senegal duo Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba will not play in the match because they will not make it back in time from the Africa Cup of Nations.
“We know Newcastle well, we know that there a team that could possibly miss a few of their first teamers at the moment,” Kean said.
“We’ve only lost one game in the last five (league games) and we’re actually disappointed we didn’t get a draw from that in the Stoke game.”
“We’ve went to three tough away games at Anfield, Old Trafford and Everton and managed to get points from that and managed to beat Fulham with ten men.”
“So we’re in a good vain of form and we’re confident we can keep the run going.”
Blackburn midfielder David Dunn echoed his manager’s sentiments about the team’s form, and is looking forward to an upturn in the club’s fortunes.
“I think the last couple of weeks our performance has improved massively. I think we’ve been playing some really good stuff and maybe a little bit unlucky not to have picked a few more points up,” Dunn said.
“If we keep performing like we have in the last two or three weeks, we’ll certainly get a few more points on the board.”