Rovers Point To Safety
Blackburn Rovers gained a valuable point in their battle against relegation from the EPL when they held on with ten men for a goal-less draw against Arsenal at the Emirates last Saturday evening.
Manager Steve Kean lauded his side’s “desire, commitment and togetherness” after the draw which leaves Rovers two points clear of the EPL’s relegation zone with seven games remaining. Rovers played the last 15 minutes without Steven Nzonzi, who was dismissed for a two-footed tackle.
The next of those seven games is a proverbial ‘relegation six-pointer’ this Saturday at home to Birmingham City, who have the same points and goal difference as Rovers.
Croatian international striker Nikola Kalinic has issued a threat, via his agent, to quit Rovers in the summer if he doesn’t get more first-team football.
The 23-year-old was left out of the squad for the trip to the Emirates and hasn’t featured in the first-team for three whole games. And his representative Tomislav Erceg told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph:
“Last month he played for a strong Croatian team but he has not played a second for Blackburn. He is happy here but he needs to play.”
But assistant manager John Jensen revealed his desire to stay at the club, having had talks with Kean over extending his current short-term contract beyond the end of the season.
Meanwhile, injury-prone midfielder Vince Grella is out for the rest of the season after surgery on the Achilles tendon problem which has severely limited his Rovers’ appearances this campaign.
Tags: Blackburn Rovers, EPL, Nikola Kalinic, Vince Grella