Blackburn's Keith Andrews confident of improvement after early season slump
24 August 2009 10:04
The former MK Dons and Wolves player is remaining bullish about his club's prospects for the new season even though Rovers have lost the first two games of the Premier League season.
That has revived memories of last term when a poor start to the campaign resulted in then manager Paul Ince being sacked but the Republic of Ireland international is adamant that his successor, Sam Allardyce, will ensure there is no repeat of last season's agony.
"We made a poor start last season but this feels different and performance-wise we're actually quite happy with the way we're playing," said the 28-year-old Dubliner
"I don't think it's a case of history repeating itself. The feeling in the camp is very good, very positive. We're not a million miles away from where we want to be.
"I do believe that if we carry on what we're doing and with the same effort, I can only see us improving.
"It's a cruel game and we've had two cruel results because we're playing quite well but this league is unforgiving. We'll settle for a c**p performance and a win. Maybe that's the way it's got to be."
Andrews spoke out following a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland that saw Rovers take the lead through Gael Givet before a Kenwyne Jones brace ultimately ensured the Lancashire side returned home empty-handed.
"You can win or lose in the right way and if it's any consolation, we're losing in the right way so now let's crack on and get the points on the board," Andrews continued.
"When you go 1-0 up in a game you should really be seeing it out. We wanted a clean sheet and it's eluding us.
"We're bitterly disappointed because we played very well at times in the first and second halves.
"Ultimately we gave away two very sloppy goals. It's something we need to eradicate sooner rather than later.
"And we're creating chances at the other end and not putting them away and that's costing us."
He added: "It's important we don't blame individuals but we all need to take a good long look at our own selves.
"We felt a little bit hard done by by the disallowed goals and we didn't get the rub of the green on anything.
"But there are some good points to take from the game and we've got to take them into our next matches."