Belfast Telegraph

Pedersen pleased by Rovers position

Morten Gamst Pedersen feels Blackburn proved there is life beyond the bottom three in the Barclays Premier League.

For the first time for four months, and for only the second time this season, Rovers elevated themselves out of the relegation zone on the back of Saturday's resilient 3-1 win at home to Fulham.

Pedersen, who scored Blackburn's opener, underlined the relief felt within the team at their new-found status, saying: "Of course, it's a fantastic feeling after what has been such a tough time, and we haven't had much luck."

He added: "We've showed it's possible after so many negative things going around all over the place.

"There are still plenty of tough games coming up, but it's good to just get the win to get out of it. It's a great win, one we deserved, which gives us a little bit of confidence, but now we have to build on it.

"After beating Manchester United recently we then let ourselves down against Stoke. So when we get back on the training ground we just have to start working hard again.

"But it will be good to go into the next game (at Everton next Saturday) on the back of a win and with a good feeling."

Yakubu's red card for a high, studs-showing tackle on Danny Murphy actually galvanised Blackburn rather than set them back.

Pedersen's strike was perfect timing, as was the second from David Dunn coming just 56 seconds into the second half.

Former Rovers winger Damien Duff pulled one back in the 54th minute, but it was Blackburn who were the more forthright team, and they deserved their third from Mauro Formica 11 minutes from time.

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