Boss Kean wants 'fortress' Ewood

18 March 2011 02:59
Blackburn boss Steve Kean hopes backing from the home fans at Ewood Park can provide the boost the club needs to get out of relegation trouble.Blackburn and fellow strugglers Blackpool go head-to-head in the Lancashire derby on Saturday. [LNB]"We've got a fantastic home record and I think we've only lost seven games in the last two years," Kean told BBC Radio Lancashire. [LNB]"Ewood's been a fortress and that's what we intend to make it on Saturday." [LNB]Kean added: "This year there's only four teams in the Premier League who are better defensively at home. We've only conceded 11 goals which is joint fourth best." [LNB][LNB] It's a massive game because when you look at the table you can see both clubs are struggling Blackburn manager Steve Kean By contrast Blackburn have the worst defensive record away from home, having conceded seven more goals than opponents Blackpool in their 29 league games. [LNB]With both teams just a single point above the bottom three, Kean is aware of the importance of victory for either side. [LNB]"It's a massive game because when you look at the table you can see both clubs are struggling," he said. [LNB]"And when you look at the points tally it's going to be very, very tight this year. But if we can manage to get a victory it'll take us to the same points total we had this time last season and that puts us on course for a top half finish. [LNB]"It's the mindset we're going into the game with, and the players have been told how important that is. [LNB]"With the frustration of the last Premier League game [a 3-2 defeat against Fulham] when we felt as though we had a point snatched from us, we want to make sure we get three on the board on Saturday." [LNB]There will be full commentary on Saturday from Ewood Park on Blackburn v Blackpool from 1500 GMT on BBC Radio Lancashire.

Source: BBC_Sport