Etuhu insists it is wins that matter for Rovers
DICKSON Etuhu has insisted that he is concerned only about results rather than stylish performances as he targets promotion with Blackburn Rovers this season.
Rovers host Leicester City this afternoon after securing four points from their opening two matches, despite not being at their best in either game.
Steve Kean’s side received some criticism for their performance during Wednesday’s narrow 1-0 home win over Hull but Etuhu believes Rovers should not be too concerned about calls for more attractive football, providing they keep collecting the points.
“I’m not really bothered about that, for me it’s just about winning the games no matter what it takes,” said the midfielder, who recently moved to Ewood from Fulham.
“I’m not really bothered what people think, it’s what we speak about in the changing room and what we do on a Saturday that matters.
“I’ve played in this league before and I always say it’s the hardest league in the world.
“It’s so unpredictable, you couldn’t bet on who is going to win the league today.
“Games come every two or three days so you have to be mentally strong, you have to have a big squad with strength in depth and you have to have quality as well.
“You have to be hungry, you have to want to do it, you have to want to win, you have to want to push yourselves across that line.
“That’s what I believe it takes.
“It’s about not losing, it’s about nicking a point and nicking three points here and there.
“People say we should be one of the favourites and all of that, and yes we are, we know that.
“But we just have to concentrate on each game, that’s the most important thing.
“After getting a point away from home, beating Hull made it even more of a good point.
“We made that point count.”
Etuhu has linked up again with Danny Murphy in central midfield after both made the move from Fulham this summer.
Former Liverpool man Murphy is one of five players with Champions League experience in the Rovers squad, together with Nuno Gomes, Gael Givet, Colin Kazim-Richards and Paul Robinson.
“When you talk about Champions League experience, of course it’s great to have experience and we know we have that,” Etuhu said.
“But it’s a different type of football, it’s totally different.
“I think we have got the experience for this though, and we just have to keep plugging along and I think we’ll be fine.
“It’s great for me to play with Danny, I play with him comfortably because I’ve played so many games with him. For me it’s more us gelling with the team. We know what we both can do and how to work with each other, that’s without thinking.
“You can see that it’s coming slowly. On Wednesday sometimes we weren’t really understanding each other but we are clicking slowly and it’s nice to see that happening.
“I came here to get promoted and to get a different feeling.
“I could have easily stayed in the Premier League and finished mid-table and played 30 games for Fulham, but I wanted something different.
“I had two years left on my contract at Fulham but this is exciting for me and I’m glad I made the decision to come here.”