Blackburn Club Focus – Spurs trip not so daunting anymore

Steve Kean’s struggling Blackburn Rovers side will travel to White Hart Lane this weekend, knowing that a much-needed victory against top-four hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur would boost their chances of survival in the top division of English football. While many neutrals will have Spurs down as favourites to win due to their vastly superior position in the table, recent form suggests that the north London outfit may find it difficult to overcome a resilient Rovers side who will be fighting for their Premier League lives. Harry Redknapp’s men have won just…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Relegation battle reaching boiling point

Blackburn Rovers ended their run of five consecutive defeats in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Norwich City at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon. Mauro Formica and Junior Hoilett grabbed the goals which saw the Lancashire outfit climb above local rivals Bolton Wanderers and leave Steve Kean’s side just three points behind 17th-place Wigan Athletic as the race for survival reaches boiling point. Popular Frenchman Gael Givet put in a man-of-the-match performance on his return to the starting line-up and helped Rovers secure just their third clean sheet…

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Kean honoured to manage Blackburn

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has spoken of his privilege to be in charge at Ewood Park and believes that it is a fantastic opportunity. The Scotsman has had to cope with fan protest this season, but Rovers now have a fantastic chance of surviving the drop to the Championship. Goals from Mauro Formica and Junior Hoilett secured a vital 2-0 win for Blackburn against Norwich on Saturday, but there were still protests against Kean and the club’s owners Venky’s. Kean is confident that he will still be in charge at…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Rovers Premier League future under increasing uncertainty

Following five consecutive disappointing, demoralising defeats in a row for the first time since the disastrous reign of Paul Ince, it is easy to understand why some of Blackburn Rovers’ most passionate supporters have all but given up hope of seeing their side survive in the Premier League this season. Relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic’s shock win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night dampened Rovers’ fans hopes even further, with that result leaving Roberto Martinez’s battling side six points clear of the Ewood Park outfit with just four games…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Rovers lose again but injuries could be more painful

Blackburn Rovers’ impressive 13-match unbeaten run against promoted teams in the Premier League came to an abrupt end as the struggling Lancashire outfit were beaten 3-0 by Swansea City on Saturday. That result kept Steve Kean’s side second-to-bottom in the table and with just four games to go, Rovers are staring relegation in the face. The Ewood Park outfit have now lost five consecutive games in the top-flight and have conceded three goals in each of their last three fixtures. Therefore, news that talented centre-back Grant Hanley could be out…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Rovers running out of time to save season

Just less than a month ago, relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers were sitting six points above the relegation zone, having recorded back-to-back wins and clean sheets for the first time since much-maligned Scot Steve Kean replaced Sam Allardyce as the manager at Ewood Park. However, the struggling Lancashire outfit, who have failed to pick up a single point since those victories against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sunderland, have slipped back into the relegation zone and now have just five games to save their season. Rovers’ latest disappointment came on Tuesday night when, despite…

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Blackburn paying price for defence strategy

A crushing defeat this weekend saw Blackburn dragged back into the relegation zone with only six remaining fixtures. Blackburn travelled to The Hawthorns in the hope of beating a West Brom side that had taken only one point from the last four games. An early own goal from Blackburn left back Martin Olsson and second half goals from Marc Antoine Fortune and Liam Ridgewell gave West Brom a resounding 3-0 win but arguably, as so often in football, the result didn’t match the two teams performances. Blackburn showed throughout the…

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Blackburn Club Focus – No time for sentiment on Dalglish return

As you walk down towards the back of the tunnel at Ewood Park, a large picture of Kenny Dalglish appears on the wall. The image shows the Scotsman holding the Premier League trophy, which he won for Blackburn Rovers back in 1995. For all the criticism currently being levelled at Dalglish for Liverpool’s failings this season, he remains one of just five managers to have ever won the Premier League. And on Tuesday night, Dalglish will return to the ground of the club where he made history. ‘King Kenny,’ as…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Kean’s reluctance to use bench raising eyebrows ahead of West Brom clash

Struggling Blackburn Rovers head into their weekend fixture against mid-table West Bromwich Albion knowing that a third consecutive Premier League defeat could be a huge blow in the battle for survival. The last time Rovers lost three games on the trot – ending with the disappointing home defeat at the hands of local rivals Bolton – much-maligned manager Steve Kean faced a flurry of abuse from the Ewood Park crowd. While there is unlikely to be such a reaction should Rovers taste defeat at The Hawthorns – given their precarious…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Rovers looking for another shock against United

When relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers last faced champions Manchester United in the Premier League, the struggling Lancashire outfit shocked Sir Alex Ferguson’s side by recording an incredible 3-2 win at Old Trafford. Prior to that New Year’s Eve fixture, Rovers had won just twice in 18 top-flight games and had picked up a miserable 11 points. However, Steve Kean’s resilient team notched up a further 17 points from their next 12 games to give themselves a fighting chance of avoiding the drop with 8 games to play. How Blackburn could do…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Kean’s Rovers must negotiate tough run in as Bolton put the brakes on

Blackburn Rovers’ impressive three-match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end as Steve Kean’s side were beaten 2-1 by local rivals Bolton on Saturday. The Trotters, who were playing for the first time since midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup, scored twice through defender David Wheater in the first-half, and although Kean’s men replied early on in the second period with Steven Nzonzi’s header, Bolton managed to see the game through and pick up three crucial points. While…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Hoilett instrumental in Rovers’ late season turnaround

In-form Blackburn Rovers pulled five points clear of the relegation zone after recording back-to-back wins and clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time under much-maligned manager Steve Kean. The impressive 2-0 win over Sunderland at Ewood Park on Tuesday night took Rovers’ tally of points to 28 from 29 games, though that only tells half of the story. A more promising statistic highlighting the battling Lancashire outfit’s recent revival is that since the disappointing home defeat at the hands of local rivals Bolton back in December, Kean’s…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Rovers looking for first consecutive clean sheets since 2010

Fresh from their well-deserved 2-0 win over relegation rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, Blackburn Rovers will be hoping to keep back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since 2010 when they face a rejuvenated Sunderland side on Tuesday night. Rovers’ fans will have to cast their minds back to the final game of the 2009-2010 season (1-0 victory at Aston Villa) and the opening game of the 2010-2011 campaign (1-0 home win against Everton), which was the last time the Lancashire outfit recorded two consecutive shutouts.…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Hoilett double sees Rovers go three points clear

It was not only a victory that put Blackburn three points clear of the dreaded dop zone, but incredibly it was the first time since April last year that Steve Kean’s youthful side had managed to keep a clean. Thanks to two terrific goals from David ‘Junior’ Hoilett, the Lancashire outfit secured a much-needed 2-0 win over relegation rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday. Many fans would argue that a tally of just 25 points from Rovers’ 28 Premier League games so far this term is a poor return;…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Relegation battle with Wolves likely to be pivotal for survival hopes

When Blackburn Rovers faced Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of the 2010/11 season, Steve Kean’s side knew that a win would keep them in the Premier League. The Lancashire outfit went on to produce one of their best first-half performances of the campaign, sailing to a terrific 3-0 lead. Wolves, then managed by Mick McCarthy, pulled two goals back in the second period to save themselves from relegation by the finest of margins, and both sets of supporters celebrated wildly as their teams had survived the dreaded drop. The…

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Arsenal interested in Hoilett

Arsenal have emerged as the favourites to sign promising Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett in the summer transfer window, Metro reports. Hoilett is out of contract in the summer and wants to leave the Lancashire side after a season of eye-catching displays to attract big interest. Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested, but reports suggest Arsenal are the main front-runners for the Blackburn star. German giants Bayern Munich are also linked with Hoilett, but the Canadian is reportedly not interested in leaving the Premier League. Arsenal boss Arsene…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Rovers fail to convince as they claw their way out of relegation places

Blackburn Rovers may have climbed out of the dreaded relegation zone following the latest round of Premier League fixtures, but their recent display against struggling Aston Villa suggested that the Lancashire outfit will be fighting for survival right up to the very end of what has been yet another turbulent season. Some supporters feel that the point Rovers gained against Alex McLeish’s men could turn out to be a crucial one, but other more anxious fans believe that the two points dropped at home could prove to be extremely costly.…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Chance for Rovers to record a rare clean sheet against low-scoring Villa

The last time struggling Blackburn Rovers faced Aston Villa at home, co-owners Venkatesh and Balaji Rao were presented to the Ewood Park crowd before the game. The Rao brothers, who were given a warm welcome, are unlikely to be seen greeting Rovers’ angry supporters when the two sides meet this weekend. If the Lancashire outfit manages to notch up an important clean sheet and record a 2-0 win, just as they did that afternoon, then the protesting fans may just go back home with smiles on their faces. Many Rovers…

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Blackburn Club Focus – March a pivotal month for Rovers

Blackburn Rovers ended a miserable month by slipping back into the Premier League drop-zone after they were outclassed by top-flight leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Lancashire outfit, who claimed just three points out of a possible twelve from their February fixtures, now have just a dozen more games to secure safety. Steve Kean was disappointed with the 3-0 defeat at the hands of City. He told Rovers’ official website: “Today we tried to minimise the amount of times that Man City could play through us,…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Record against top teams gives Rovers hope against Manchester City

Steve Kean will take his relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers side to the Etihad Stadium this Saturday, with the knowledge that time is running out for the Lancashire outfit to clinch the points needed to survive in the Premier League. Rovers currently sit just one place above the relegation zone on goal difference, having collected 21 points with two-thirds of the season gone. With just 39 points still up for grabs and the Ewood Park side still 19 points short of the all-important 40-point mark, they will need to start racking up…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Addressing defensive frailties the key to Rovers survival

Having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Newcastle United at the Third Round stage of the historic competition last month, struggling Premier League side Blackburn Rovers were not involved in any football over the weekend. The Lancashire outfit, who defeated fellow relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers last time out, currently sit in 17th place in the top-flight table, after collecting just 21 points from their opening 25 games. And while their record in front of goal is superb – Rovers have racked up 37 goals so far this…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Deadly Yakubu gives Rovers advantage over relegation rivals

If relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers manage to preserve their Premier League status this season, it will be largely thanks to the goalscoring exploits of deadly striker Yakubu. The Nigerian forward has been in sensational form for the Lancashire outfit since signing from Everton last summer and the 29-year-old’s cool opening finish against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday was his 13th goal in just 17 top-flight appearances – a phenomenal return for a player who cost the club just £1.5m. It is relatively unsurprising to hear that QPR were just one of…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Hoilett could earn a big move by keeping Rovers up

Canadian winger Junior Hoilett, one of Blackburn Rovers’ few success stories under manager Steve Kean, looks set to leave Ewood Park this summer. The highly-rated 21-year-old has been linked with the likes of Bolton, Stoke, Tottenham, Liverpool and most recently, in the Daily Mirror, German giants Bayern Munich. Where Hoilett will eventually end up however depends on how good his performances are in a Rovers shirt for the remainder of this tough campaign. Hoilett’s contract with the Lancashire outfit will expire in the summer, meaning that he would be able…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Lack of January investment begins to show as Rovers humiliated by Gunners

When relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers began the 2011-2012 Premier League season with three consecutive defeats, much-maligned manager Steve Kean asked bemused supporters to judge the Lancashire outfit after the summer transfer window. The ever-optimistic Scotsman spent big on deadline day in August, drafting in highly-rated defender Scott Dann, Nigerian striker Yakubu and rookie forward Jordan Slew in the closing hours of that frantic window. Results immediately improved, albeit briefly, as Rovers took a point from Craven Cottage, before recording an impressive 4-3 win over Arsenal at Ewood Park. That the former…

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Blackburn Club Focus – The curious case of Christopher Samba

Relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers managed to keep hold of star players Christopher Samba and Junior Hoilett as the January transfer window came to a close, but Venky’s decision to price their prized assets out of the market could well come back to haunt them. While interest in the creative Canadian midfielder Hoilett was not as high as expected, he is still likely to leave Ewood Park on a free transfer this summer. It is the skipper Samba however, who is causing the most concern. Rovers rejected bids from Queens Park Rangers…

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