Pedersen in Venky's plea

Rovers midfielder calls on board to keep key men at Ewood Park

Morten Gamst Pedersen: Hopes Blackburn can retain the services of their key men

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Morten Gamst Pedersen has urged Blackburn's under-fire owners Venky's to do all they can to ensure that there is no winter exodus at Ewood Park.

The Rovers board were the subject of another supporter protest on Saturday, with fans frustrated at the way the club is being run and the direction it is taking.

There was to be some welcome relief for Venky's and coach Steve Kean as a 3-1 victory over Fulham lifted Blackburn out of the Premier League drop zone, but there are still many more bridges to build.

Keeping the club's most saleable assets at Ewood Park would go some way to appeasing the disgruntled supporters, with the likes of Chris Samba, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Junior Hoilett and Steven N'Zonzi linked with imminent exits.

Losing key men would seriously undermine Blackburn's survival bid, making it imperative that they keep their squad together.

Pedersen appreciates as much and the Norway international has called on the board to prove that they have the best interests of the club at heart by shunning any approaches.

He said in The Sun: "We have to keep our best players. Every one of them is a Blackburn player at the moment and we have to hold on to them.

Relief

"We had most of our players today and we did well - we got a fantastic win and got ourselves out of the bottom three, which is a great feeling.

"We're still in a battle, we have to be realistic. This win only took us to equal points with the team in 18th.

"But you saw the commitment there among everyone. People wrote us off but now we're out of the bottom three and it's a massive relief. But it's so tight down there."

Pedersen admits it has been hard to focus on football over recent weeks, with so much going on in and around the Blackburn camp, but he has paid tribute to Rovers' fighting spirit.

He said: "There have been so many negative things going around all over the place, it's just a great win. Maybe it should be that you don't care about the negative stuff but you just really want to win games.

"You want to perform and focus on the good things. Some of the questions we can't answer, some you can. But the main thing for us as players is that we want to win games."