We’re on the up, says Rovers ace Keane

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BLACKBURN Rovers’ longest unbeaten run in more than five years has left them feeling they can ‘beat anyone’.

That is the verdict of impressive on-loan Manchester United defender Michael Keane after Gary Bowyer’s resurgent side brushed aside QPR in impressive fashion on Tuesday night to make it seven matches without defeat.

Confidence is surging through the Rovers camp ahead of today’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday (3.07pm) and Keane said: “We feel we can beat anyone at the minute.

“We’re seven games unbeaten now and we feel if we had won every one of them we would have been good value for it.

“We’ll go into our next game confident and hopefully we’ll get another win.”

Rovers head to Hillsborough on the back of three wins and four draws in their last seven matches.

That represents the club’s best run of form since February 2009 when Sam Allardyce stretched his unbeaten start to his Ewood Park reign to nine games with a 2-1 FA Cup extra-time victory at home to Sunderland.

Rovers’ current seven-match unbeaten run is the longest at present in the Championship – and one which has hauled them within four points of the play-offs.

With sixth-placed Reading not playing until Monday, when they welcome table-topping Leicester City to the Madejeski Stadium, victory over the Owls today would move Rovers within one point of the team currently occupying the final play-off position.

Keane said: “While the play-offs are still doable we’ll keep fighting.

“There are five games left and if we can win four or five of them we should be in or around it.

“So that has to be our aim.”

The rousing 2-0 home success over QPR was made all the sweeter for Keane as his twin brother Will was in the opposition line-up.

It was the first time that the siblings, who are both on the books of defending Premier League champions United, had faced each other.

Keane said: “It was quite strange as I have never been on the opposite team to him, he’s always been on my team.

“So it was a good occasion, we had a lot of family and friends, and I’m sure they were pleased it managed to happen. I’m glad we got the win.”

Rovers have not lost since Keane was moved from centre-back to right-back. And he said: “I prefer centre-back but I think I’m comfortable at right-back as well.

“I enjoy getting forward, it’s just when you get one-on-one with a tricky winger that I’m not quite used to but it’s going all right.

“I think I’m getting better at it and getting more comfortable.”

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11:43am Sat 12 Apr 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Why does GB allow these kids to keep spouting off when we have acheived or won nothing. the mentality is all wrong. A coupe of wins and they think they can beat anyone and look like fools when they don't perform properly in the following game. We all just wan't them to win games and keep their mouths shut in the process..
Why does GB allow these kids to keep spouting off when we have acheived or won nothing. the mentality is all wrong. A coupe of wins and they think they can beat anyone and look like fools when they don't perform properly in the following game. We all just wan't them to win games and keep their mouths shut in the process.. A Rover 45 years and over
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12:28pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Ewood_Mark says...

Hopefully we can pip Burnley to that second spot
Hopefully we can pip Burnley to that second spot Ewood_Mark
  • Score: 5

1:20pm Sat 12 Apr 14

look.up.blackburn. says...

Ewood_Mark wrote:
Hopefully we can pip Burnley to that second spot
Nice one Mark, at least one of you lot has a sense of humour.

It's a shame your club has fallen so far behind us, I was hoping for more competition from the Rovers this season, if only to make the rivalry more interesting, but sadly you've dropped away to such an extent that we don't really see you as competition any more. For you lot to be in 11th place after 41 games is a disgrace given the investment of your owners, your players and management should hang their heads in shame for letting the fans down so badly.

I hope for the sake of decent Rovers fans like yourself that there is a better showing next season but sadly I feel you will struggle further given the teams likely to come down from the premier league combined with your own financial constraints weighing heavily on a manager completely out of his depth.

Bowyer should do the decent thing and go now to give you the chance to rebuild with players up to the job in the Championship because what you have now is a very poor squad that will be further weakened due to FFP in the summer.
[quote][p][bold]Ewood_Mark[/bold] wrote: Hopefully we can pip Burnley to that second spot[/p][/quote]Nice one Mark, at least one of you lot has a sense of humour. It's a shame your club has fallen so far behind us, I was hoping for more competition from the Rovers this season, if only to make the rivalry more interesting, but sadly you've dropped away to such an extent that we don't really see you as competition any more. For you lot to be in 11th place after 41 games is a disgrace given the investment of your owners, your players and management should hang their heads in shame for letting the fans down so badly. I hope for the sake of decent Rovers fans like yourself that there is a better showing next season but sadly I feel you will struggle further given the teams likely to come down from the premier league combined with your own financial constraints weighing heavily on a manager completely out of his depth. Bowyer should do the decent thing and go now to give you the chance to rebuild with players up to the job in the Championship because what you have now is a very poor squad that will be further weakened due to FFP in the summer. look.up.blackburn.
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1:47pm Sat 12 Apr 14

mark anthony says...

Why why do players on the eve of a game spoute off on how we are going to play excellent football and give the opposition a run for there money but only to fall flat on there face. Please please. Keep your mouth shut. Then only on the next day. Comment on what happened and why
Why why do players on the eve of a game spoute off on how we are going to play excellent football and give the opposition a run for there money but only to fall flat on there face. Please please. Keep your mouth shut. Then only on the next day. Comment on what happened and why mark anthony
  • Score: 5

1:55pm Sat 12 Apr 14

owd nick says...

mark anthony wrote:
Why why do players on the eve of a game spoute off on how we are going to play excellent football and give the opposition a run for there money but only to fall flat on there face. Please please. Keep your mouth shut. Then only on the next day. Comment on what happened and why
To you and 45.

You don't get it do you?

Reporter asks "Considering the current form of the team how do you think you will do today and are you still in with a chance of promotion".

Hence the reply.

Or would you prefer Kean to answer;

"We don't give a ****, we are going to get stuffed and we gave up on promotion about a month ago."?
[quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: Why why do players on the eve of a game spoute off on how we are going to play excellent football and give the opposition a run for there money but only to fall flat on there face. Please please. Keep your mouth shut. Then only on the next day. Comment on what happened and why[/p][/quote]To you and 45. You don't get it do you? Reporter asks "Considering the current form of the team how do you think you will do today and are you still in with a chance of promotion". Hence the reply. Or would you prefer Kean to answer; "We don't give a ****, we are going to get stuffed and we gave up on promotion about a month ago."? owd nick
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2:26pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Garylla says...

look.up.blackburn. wrote:
Ewood_Mark wrote:
Hopefully we can pip Burnley to that second spot
Nice one Mark, at least one of you lot has a sense of humour.

It's a shame your club has fallen so far behind us, I was hoping for more competition from the Rovers this season, if only to make the rivalry more interesting, but sadly you've dropped away to such an extent that we don't really see you as competition any more. For you lot to be in 11th place after 41 games is a disgrace given the investment of your owners, your players and management should hang their heads in shame for letting the fans down so badly.

I hope for the sake of decent Rovers fans like yourself that there is a better showing next season but sadly I feel you will struggle further given the teams likely to come down from the premier league combined with your own financial constraints weighing heavily on a manager completely out of his depth.

Bowyer should do the decent thing and go now to give you the chance to rebuild with players up to the job in the Championship because what you have now is a very poor squad that will be further weakened due to FFP in the summer.
Condescending pr1ck. Let's see how we both do in the Premier League next season . COYB
[quote][p][bold]look.up.blackburn.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ewood_Mark[/bold] wrote: Hopefully we can pip Burnley to that second spot[/p][/quote]Nice one Mark, at least one of you lot has a sense of humour. It's a shame your club has fallen so far behind us, I was hoping for more competition from the Rovers this season, if only to make the rivalry more interesting, but sadly you've dropped away to such an extent that we don't really see you as competition any more. For you lot to be in 11th place after 41 games is a disgrace given the investment of your owners, your players and management should hang their heads in shame for letting the fans down so badly. I hope for the sake of decent Rovers fans like yourself that there is a better showing next season but sadly I feel you will struggle further given the teams likely to come down from the premier league combined with your own financial constraints weighing heavily on a manager completely out of his depth. Bowyer should do the decent thing and go now to give you the chance to rebuild with players up to the job in the Championship because what you have now is a very poor squad that will be further weakened due to FFP in the summer.[/p][/quote]Condescending pr1ck. Let's see how we both do in the Premier League next season . COYB Garylla
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5:20pm Sat 12 Apr 14

mark anthony says...

owd nick wrote:
mark anthony wrote:
Why why do players on the eve of a game spoute off on how we are going to play excellent football and give the opposition a run for there money but only to fall flat on there face. Please please. Keep your mouth shut. Then only on the next day. Comment on what happened and why
To you and 45.

You don't get it do you?

Reporter asks "Considering the current form of the team how do you think you will do today and are you still in with a chance of promotion".

Hence the reply.

Or would you prefer Kean to answer;

"We don't give a ****, we are going to get stuffed and we gave up on promotion about a month ago."?
3-1. 3-2. 3-3. We're on the up
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: Why why do players on the eve of a game spoute off on how we are going to play excellent football and give the opposition a run for there money but only to fall flat on there face. Please please. Keep your mouth shut. Then only on the next day. Comment on what happened and why[/p][/quote]To you and 45. You don't get it do you? Reporter asks "Considering the current form of the team how do you think you will do today and are you still in with a chance of promotion". Hence the reply. Or would you prefer Kean to answer; "We don't give a ****, we are going to get stuffed and we gave up on promotion about a month ago."?[/p][/quote]3-1. 3-2. 3-3. We're on the up mark anthony
  • Score: 4

1:30am Sun 13 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

mark anthony wrote:
Why why do players on the eve of a game spoute off on how we are going to play excellent football and give the opposition a run for there money but only to fall flat on there face. Please please. Keep your mouth shut. Then only on the next day. Comment on what happened and why
absolutely,,they do it all the time and it really **** me off,,something needs to be done ,,,,
[quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: Why why do players on the eve of a game spoute off on how we are going to play excellent football and give the opposition a run for there money but only to fall flat on there face. Please please. Keep your mouth shut. Then only on the next day. Comment on what happened and why[/p][/quote]absolutely,,they do it all the time and it really **** me off,,something needs to be done ,,,, noddy57
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