Nelsen - We are to blame
Ryan Nelsen believes Paul Ince is the right man to guide Rovers out of their current predicament.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 05/12/08 3:36pm
Blackburn captain Ryan Nelsen believes that Paul Ince is the right man to guide Rovers out of their current predicament.
Ince's men have not won for nine games in the Premier League and find themselves in the relegation zone in 19th place.
Rovers were dumped out of the Carling Cup at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday by a second-string Manchester United side to further pile the misery on Ince.
Since taking over from Mark Hughes in the summer, Ince has come in for criticism from sections of his own fans as results go against them but Nelsen says that criticism should be aimed at the players.
He said: "Paul's been great. He's taken a lot of flak when the players should have, we've made mistakes.
"All the players have made mistakes we weren't making under Hughes so I feel bad for the manager.
"Everyone's training, working hard, heads aren't down, we're not slumping around feeling sorry for ourselves.
"We know the situation we're in and we're working hard with the staff, with the gaffer to get up this league.
"I think the players have got to stand up and be counted a lot more than what we have. We all know that, we understand that and we want to do it."
One criticism aimed at Ince is the perception that he has lost the respect of the players but Nelsen rubbishes such rumours.
He added: "I don't know where it comes from. It's been going on from pre-season to now. Whenever you hear there's sources from within, flags go up. It sounds a bit dodgy.
"It's not the case. Everybody seems to be extremely happy. Obviously we're disappointed with where we are but there's nothing like that."
Having conceded 11 goals in their last four games it is not hard to see where Rovers' weakness lies and the New Zealand international cannot put his finger on why.
He said: "It's the worst I've ever been in, in my career, to be honest. We've probably had the better of a game, gone behind and you can kind of see it seep through the team, there's this panic.
"But I'd be more worried if we didn't have the types of personalities that we have and it's a matter of time before we get out of it."
Blackburn host league leaders Liverpool on Saturday and manager Ince sees no reason why his side can't collect all three points at Ewood Park.
He said: "We're under no pressure to win the game. It's a funny old game, our form's not been the best and we're desperate for a win so why can't it be against Liverpool."