Olsson wants Rovers to win ugly

Rovers have abandoned their renowned direct approach since Sam

Allardyce was sacked and replaced by Steve Kean, but have also

found themselves dragged into the Premier League relegation fight.

Manchester City are the visitors to Ewood Park on Monday needing a

victory of their own in the chase for a Champions League spot, and

22-year-old Swedish star Olsson says Blackburn need to fight for

their lives. Olsson, who plays left-back or left wing for Rovers,

admitted the players have had to adapt to change since Allardyce

left. He said: “Keano is a different kind of manager, he likes to

play the ball on the ground with lots of one-touch, two-touch

football. “It was different to Sam but we have to get used to that

and it has been going well on the pitch but we haven’t got the

points we wanted. “To be honest now is not the time to play

attractive football, it’s about getting points and digging in. Even

if we do long balls, I don’t really care how we play so long as we

get the points.” Kean has been the target of criticism from

disaffected fans but Olsson insisted it was unfair to blame the

manager. He added: “You can’t blame it all on him, we players have

to do our job as well. “But we know the situation we are in and if

we just keep playing with confidence I can’t see us going down. “We

have been playing some great football at times but some decisions

haven’t gone our way and we’ve been a bit unlucky as well. “We

haven’t even thought about relegation, we’re strong mentally and

cannot even think about the negatives. We’ve been in the Premier

League for a long time and it’s not going to happen that we’re

going to go down now.” Ryan Nelsen and Vince Grella are injured for

Rovers and Steven Nzonzi serves the last match of a three-game

suspension. Roque Santa Cruz, meanwhile, is unavailable against his

parent club. Junior Hoilett, the 20-year-old Canada-born striker,

should be back after missing the defeat at Everton with a hamstring

problem. Kean echoed Olsson’s sentiments, saying: “It’s lovely to

win and play nice football but at this stage of the game it’s about

winning. “We have only lost once in almost four months at home,

since I have become manager, so Ewood is going to be a tough place

for any team to come.”