Kean targeting further progression

Wed, 21 Mar 08:24:55 2012

Blackburn manager Steve Kean believes his side have the confidence to pull themselves well clear of the relegation zone and should now be targeting the teams above them.

A 2-0 win over Sunderland at Ewood Park moved Rovers six points clear of the bottom three. Junior Hoilett opened the scoring just before the hour with an instinctive volley after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had only half-punched Morten Gamst Pedersen's throw-in.

Martin Olsson denied Nicklas Bendtner from close range and Sunderland substitute Ji Dong-won missed an open goal from four yards late on before Ayegbeni Yakubu wrapped up victory with a header four minutes from time.

Having picked up their first clean sheet of the season last time out at Wolves another shut-out meant Rovers kept consecutive clean sheets in the league for the first time since August 2010. It was also the first time since November 2010 - which dates back to the pre-Kean era - the club had secured back-to-back league victories.

"Not only have we got back-to-back wins but back-to-back clean sheets. We have been working hard on that aspect," Kean said. "I felt when we cleared that one off the line (by Olsson) I was thinking `give us a another clean sheet' and now we have some daylight.

"I think we can catch (teams above) and with confidence and consistency in the team, which we can feel with abundance, we can start to look up. There is still a lot of football to be played and we looked at this month as an opportunity to put points on the board and possibly put a little bit of a gap between the teams around us. Looking now at the last 11 games we have got 17 points and to keep chipping away and keep adding points is encouraging."

 

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