Confidence is increasing – Olsson

Last Saturday’s goalless draw at West Ham extended Rovers’ unbeaten

run in the Barclays Premier League to three matches and took them

up to 10th in the table, their highest position of the season so

far. That changed midweek as Fulham’s victory over Portsmouth

pushed Sam Allardyce’s team back down into 11th. But having finally

made that breakthrough and with three of their next five games at

home, versatile Swede Olsson is confident Blackburn – who travel to

Stoke on Saturday – can continue looking upwards. “It felt good to

come home and watch TV and see that we were in 10th place,” said

Olsson. “It gives you that extra confidence to go and play much

better next time and go and move up the table. “We should have got

three points against West Ham, but we didn’t. I think we have got a

few games coming up now that we could get three points off and if

we keep playing like we have done, I won’t see any problems getting

at least a point, or three.” Olsson has made a breakthrough of his

own since Christmas, making a series of appearances from the bench

for Rovers before being given a starting berth by Allardyce for the

last four matches. The Sweden Under-21 international – who scored a

spectacular overhead kick in the second leg of the Carling Cup

semi-final against Aston Villa – has caught the eye after being

moved out of defence and onto the left wing and Olsson insists

there is plenty more to come. “My confidence has been high even

since the season started, it’s just that I haven’t had the chance

to play on the left wing or start the games,” Olsson said. “I feel

like if you score a goal your confidence gets up and then the

manager will play you. “But I can do much better than this and

hopefully if I get a few more games I can show everybody that I can

play much better than this. “I haven’t played there (in midfield)

for a long time, and never in training with Sam Allardyce, so that

was new when he put me in the starting line-up at left wing. “I was

a bit nervous, but I have played there before and you just go out

and do your best. “I am enjoying it, I like getting forward and

scoring goals and creating chances. If he puts me there I am going

to try and score a goal on Saturday.” Olsson, 21, has been at the

club since a successful trial in 2006 and is one of several young

players making an impression for Blackburn this season. The likes

of Nikola Kalinic, David Hoilett, Steven Nzonzi and Franco Di Santo

have also enjoyed first-team action, and Olsson feels there is a

healthy blend of ages within the squad. “All the young players have

been doing well now, they have all shown good confidence and

everyone is running around and wants to show that they are good

footballers,” Olsson said. “When we have been given the chance, I

think we all have taken it. If we keep on going, there will be a

good mix of youth and experienced players. “The older ones have

shown good character to us, to show us that we play good football.

“They keep on saying positive things and tell us not to take it

easy, keep working hard and running about. “The young ones are

playing well and the older ones are still playing well too to raise

their level. Everyone wants to play football.”