Norwich City given Blackburn warning
Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean last night warned the Canaries his club is ready to turn a corner in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s Carrow Road encounter.
Kean’s men prop up the division after only one win in the league so far, but were buoyed by a last-gasp extra-time Carling Cup win against Newcastle in midweek. The Scot insists the manner of Rovers’ victory bodes well for his club’s survival chances.
He said: “I hope that silences some of the critics. Anybody who was there looking to criticise us would see we took the scalp of a very, very good Newcastle side and we are the first team to beat them this season. The team showed massive character - not just for us to have beaten them but the manner in which we beat them. We showed a never-say-die attitude.
“If anyone questions if the team is together then they only need to look at that match. You don’t get a performance like that, against a team that is unbeaten, if you don’t have the team spirit and the togetherness as a group.
“For us to come back and not let it affect us, it shows fantastic morale that we’ve got in the camp.”
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Kean insisted cup success against the Geordies was long overdue despite fresh fan protests following last weekend’s 2-1 home league defeat to Tottenham.
He said: “I take great credit when somebody of Harry Redknapp’s experience and ability calls me and tells me that it is coming. The mood’s good. Sunday was a game where we had a consistent performance.
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“In previous matches we’ve sometimes had a good first-half performance, not so good in the second, but I think we had a good 90-minute performance and I think we were very unlucky. It has given us a bit of momentum and we go to Norwich in a positive mood looking to get that all important result.”
Kean has remained silent on reports earlier this week he is in talks to extend his current Ewood Park contract after discussions with the club’s Indian owners.
He said: “I would rather not comment on that at this moment, I would rather focus on putting ourselves in a better position in the league. Any talks like that will keep private until the time is right. I don’t think the time is right for me to talk about myself, a contract or staying at the club longer or anything like that. It’s a time that I should be focused on getting results.
“I’ve still got two years on my contract and I’m focused on what we need to do - which is winning.”