Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Dunn wary of relegation threat

David Dunn

Blackburn midfielder David Dunn admits they can take nothing for granted in the battle for Barclays Premier League survival.

From a position of seemingly relative safety - Rovers were as high as seventh just three months ago - the club have been dragged into the dogfight at the foot of the table. They are currently only a point outside the relegation zone and have a tricky run-in with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United to play in their remaining eight matches.

"It is such a competitive league, arguably one of the best in the world," said Dunn. "It would be a bit silly to go out there thinking it is cut and dried and we are safe."

He added: "It is obviously difficult, as it is for a number of other clubs down there. It is tight but that is what makes it special and we just need a few more wins to get us out of that.

"I think the Premier League is getting more physically challenging every year, more competitive, and that is the way it is going to go - certainly for the clubs outside the top six.

"I wouldn't like to go to Wolves needing a win at the end of the season and we have two very big games in Birmingham and Bolton at home and those are games we are going to be looking to do our best in. We have just got to make sure we concentrate on our job and if we do that I am sure we will be fine."

Dunn is one of a number of the Rovers squad who found themselves in a similar position in the 2008/09 season when former manager Sam Allardyce was brought in just before Christmas and saved them from the drop.

The Blackburn-born 31-year-old knows those players have to draw on that experience but also help some of the younger members who are feeling the pressure for the first time.

"Every season seems to be getting more difficult and it is a different experience all the time," he said. "The senior players who have been through it before know what it is about and we know what we need to do.

"We can try to do our best but it is important for the young lads to take it in their stride as well. It is a valuable experience for them because I don't suppose they will want to be in a relegation fight too may times after they have been in one."

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