Belfast Telegraph

Kean: We're up for relegation fight

Blackburn manager Steve Kean is confident his players have the character for a relegation battle.

Rovers face Arsenal in Saturday's late kick-off at the Emirates Stadium but could find themselves in the bottom three if earlier results go against them. They currently sit just one point above the drop zone after a woeful run of just one win in nine matches, earning five points since January 15.

He said: "They have a fantastic togetherness and they are fighting for each other and backing each other up. That is a quality you have to have in this last phase of games."

With matches to come against Manchester United and Manchester City, as well games against fellow struggling sides West Ham and Wolves, a tough run-in lies ahead.

But Kean has been lifted by their last two displays, twice recovering from conceding against Fulham before eventually losing 3-2 and then bouncing back from 2-0 down at home to Blackpool to draw.

He added: "In the last couple of games we have come back from being behind, which is a good sign. That shows what the group is like.

"We have got good games left. We have a tough one against Arsenal but they are all tough at this stage.

"We are confident we can get the points and do it as quickly as we can. Where they are going to come from you cannot say."

Rovers have been given little chance against the Gunners and Kean admits he would accept a draw, although he believes Arsene Wenger's side are vulnerable.

"I would take a point now but I think we can go and be more positive than that," he added. "Hopefully we are playing them at the right time for us because they have had so many players on international duty."


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