Kean unfazed by away-day woes

BY foxsports • April 15, 2011

Rovers have won only three and lost 11 of their 16 matches away from Ewood Park this season, and the 38 goals they have conceded is more than anyone else in the league. They remain firmly entrenched in the battle for survival, only three points above the relegation zone, while Everton are top of the form table after taking 14 points from their last six games. Blackburn did, though, manage a goalless draw from their last away game at Arsenal two weeks ago despite Steven Nzonzi's red card, and it is that performance that has given Kean such cause for optimism. He said: "Away from home we've not been fantastic but we showed in the Arsenal game, when nobody gave us a chance against a team going for the championship, that we can go away from home and we can dig points out. "We have to have that again when we play Everton. Their form's very good but we can look as recently as our last away game and say that we've done very well. "If we can take a point at the Emirates then there's no reason we can't take at least a point at Goodison." The Arsenal result was sandwiched by a late comeback to draw 2-2 against Blackpool and last weekend's 1-1 draw with Birmingham, allowing Rovers to inch away from the drop zone. Kean said: "Confidence is good. It's only little steps, but over the last three games we're unbeaten. We'd like to take a giant leap and get three points but we're the only team in the bottom half that's gone three games unbeaten. "We've got a little bit of momentum and we're trying to build on that looking forward to the Everton game." Blackburn, who have not won since a 2-0 victory over West Brom on January 23, can also look to Saturday's opponents for inspiration after their sudden upturn in form. After spending much of the season at the wrong end of the table, the Toffees are now sitting happily in seventh place, and Kean paid tribute to the record of his opposite number, and fellow Glaswegian, David Moyes. "David's a fantastic manager and what he's done, always stringing results together in the second half of the season, is a good example," added Kean. Blackburn captain Christopher Samba, meanwhile, is realistic about the club's plight but expects two victories to be enough to ensure survival. He said: "We don't want to come out and say we're too good to go down because we know in this league you get a couple of surprises every week. I'd hope two wins will keep us in the league. "It was disappointing to miss out on two points last weekend but now we need to go to Everton and play with the same spirit and I'm sure it will pay off." Samba was one of the most outspoken critics of the club following last year's takeover by Indian company Venky's and the surprise sacking of then manager Sam Allardyce. He initially threatened to leave the club he joined from Hertha Berlin in 2007 before changing his mind and signing a contract extension in January. At that point Rovers were looking more likely to challenge for Europe than become embroiled in a relegation scrap but Samba insists he is not reconsidering his decision. He said: "In football you cannot predict the future. Right now my only priority, and what I wake up for, is to keep the club in the league. "I'm obviously very disappointed. I've been with Blackburn playing for higher purposes but the league has gone the way it has because of ourselves, so it is up to ourselves to take us out from this situation."


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