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Kean: Survival in our hands

SoccerNews in English Premier League 28 Apr 2011


Blackburn manager Steve Kean insists Premier League survival is in his players’ own hands ahead of Saturday’s game with Bolton.

Kean’s men are just one point ahead of the drop zone but can be confident heading into the match at Ewood Park as Bolton have conceded nine goals in their last three matches.

“Naturally you want to look at what the other teams are doing around you and sometimes it can be a really good week for you,” Kean said.

“Last weekend was a good one because we went into Monday night’s game with a chance.”

“But we wondered if losing that game to Manchester City was a missed opportunity. We did not kick on and now we have to go and get our own points.”

“At this stage of the season you are not sure where the points are going to come from for different teams. There will be lots of twists and turns.”

“Before the Manchester City game we had only lost one game this calendar year at Ewood Park and now we need to go and push.”

“Bolton could play totally differently to how they played in the recent 3-0 defeat at Fulham and their manager Owen Coyle could completely change his personnel.”

“We just have to go and set out our stall and just remain positive.”

Kean insisted he wants maximum points from his upcoming games so that safety can be secured as quickly as possible.

He said he would definitely rather avoid going to Wolves on the last day of the season looking for a result.

“We would rather get the points so that we are mathematically safe with two games left,” Kean said. “We need to go out and get the points for ourselves.”

“A win on Saturday would be great but it is hard to say what we will come up against.”

Blackburn will be without defender Ryan Nelsen (knee) and midfielders Keith Andrews (groin) and Vince Grella (Achilles’ tendon).


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