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Blackburn Rovers slip deeper into relegation trouble

Blackburn were plunged further into relegation trouble as they were soundly beaten by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium yesterday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nathan Dyer hit first-half goals and Scott Dann capped a terrible day for Rovers by putting through his own net just after the hour mark.

Midfielder David Dunn hit the post with the visitors' best effort but this was a miserable display that leaves Steve Kean's side three points from safety in 19th place.

Kean revealed afterwards that he had asked Gael Givet to play but that the Frenchman was "not in the right frame of mind" to do so. The defender has not featured for Rovers since his sending-off against Arsenal in February and reports have suggested that the 30-year-old is looking to leave Ewood Park in the summer.

While Kean stopped short of saying Givet had refused to play, he said: "It was apparent when I spoke to Gael this morning he wasn't anywhere near in the right frame of mind to play today, whether starting or on the bench.

"We need guys who want to play even if they are injured or their heads are not quite right, but I would rather keep the conversation between myself and Gael private.

"We need everyone to keep pushing as I believe we need two wins and a draw from our remaining games (to stay up)."

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