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Kean refuses to give up Premier fight

Blackburn manager Steve Kean, believes his side can still avoid relegation, despite their woeful performance in south Wales. Rovers' fifth straight defeat left them 19th, three points adrift of safety, having played at least one game more than the sides around them.

Their remaining four fixtures also provide few crumbs of comfort, with trips to Tottenham and Chelsea; they will also welcome Norwich and fellow strugglers Wigan to Ewood Park. But Kean believes two wins and a draw will be enough to keep the Lancashire club in the Premier League.

"We are all upset by this performance," he said. "But if we can go to Anfield and Goodison Park and draw and go to Old Trafford and win, there is no reason why we can't go to White Hart Lane and Chelsea and get something. Confidence is a mindset. People say if you get on a good run it breeds confidence."

Swansea ended a run of four games without a win which moved them to the brink of mathematical safety. After seeing strikes from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nathan Dyer and a Scott Dann own goal secure victory, manager Brendan Rodgers led a post-match huddle on the pitch, which he said summed up the bond that exists at the club. (© Independent News Service)


QPR -- Saturday: Tottenham (h); Apr 29: Chelsea (a); May 6: Stoke (h); May 13: Man City (a)

Wigan -- Tonight: Arsenal (a); Apr 21: Fulham (a); Apr 28: Newcastle (h); May 7: Blackburn (a); May 13: Wolves (h)

Bolton -- Saturday: Swansea (h); Apr 24: A Villa (a); Apr 28: Sunderland (a); May 2: Tottenham (h); May 6: WBA (h); May 13: Stoke (a)

Blackburn -- Saturday: Norwich (h); Apr 29: Tottenham (a); May 7: Wigan (h); May 13: Chelsea (a)

Wolves -- Sunday: Man City (h); Apr 28: Swansea (a); May 6: Everton (h); May 13: Wigan (a)

Irish Independent