• Blackburn manager buoyed by ending run of five defeats
• Spurs, Wigan and Chelsea games each need to yield reward
Steve Kean insisted his Blackburn Rovers side have an excellent chance of avoiding the drop after ending a sequence of five defeats with a 2-0 home win against Norwich City. Rovers still have to travel to Tottenham and Chelsea in their last three games, with Wigan at home in between, but despite being barracked once again by his own supporters Kean believes his players can stay up.
"We've got a very good chance now because Wigan have still got to come here," the manager said. "That's now looking like a crucial game, but the reality is that one result might not save us, we have to be looking to take something from every game now.
"Yes, Spurs and Chelsea are difficult places to go, but we have won at Manchester United this season and drawn at Liverpool so we know we are capable of getting a result against top opponents."
Kean did not wish to dwell on the supporter unrest that returned following Rovers' loss of form. He has coped with far worse this season.
"All I want to say on that subject is that the players and staff were all very focused today," he said. "We knew we had to win, and we did win. That was our only focus, so it was all quite simple.
"I am not suggesting that one result means we are out of trouble, but it has given us something to build on. When other teams around us stumble, as they will, we have to be able to take advantage, and playing like that I think we can."