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Kean defiant on drop

Steve Kean

Blackburn manager Steve Kean remains adamant his side can avoid relegation despite their woeful performance in Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Swansea.

Rovers' fifth straight reverse means they remain in 19th place, three points adrift of safety having played at least one game more than the sides around them in the table. Rovers' remaining four fixtures also provide few crumbs of comfort, with their away trips taking them to Champions League hopefuls Tottenham and Chelsea.

Kean said: "We are all upset by this performance. You don't come to an away ground and try and lose, but if we can go to Anfield and Goodison Park and draw, and go to Old Trafford and win, there is no reason why we can't go to White Hart Lane and Chelsea and get something."

The Rovers boss refused to accept his side's dismal run of results has left them bereft of confidence at a crucial stage of their season.

"Confidence is a mindset," he said. "People say if you get on a good run it breeds confidence, but we need to look at how we have done it before. We are not going to get 10 games to be able to go on a 10-game unbeaten run because there aren't 10 games left in the season.

"So we have to look at what we were doing well a few weeks ago when we got out of the relegation zone. To look at what we did well for 80 minutes at home to Manchester United and try and do what we did in the first game at Norwich and get out of the position we are in."

Swansea's win ended their own run of four games without a win and moves them to the brink of safety. The result came on the back of their worst performance of the season in a 3-0 defeat at QPR on Wednesday, after which manager Brendan Rodgers apologised to the club's supporters.

After seeing strikes from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nathan Dyer and a Scott Dann own goal secure the three points, the Northern Irishman led a post-match huddle between squad and management on the Liberty Stadium pitch, which he said summed up the bond that exists at the club.

"That was a symbol of our togetherness. We have had to stick together over the last four games," he said.

"At one stage people were saying we might be going into Europe, and the next people were saying everyone had worked out how to beat Swansea. But really nothing had changed. It's just that at this level, if you make mistakes you get punished."