Dunn admits to sleepless nights

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David Dunn insists Blackburn's aim remains European qualification, despite the player admitting to sleepless nights following the club's FA Cup defeat to Chelsea.

The semi-final defeat at Old Trafford saw Rovers' dreams of reaching the first final at the new Wembley dashed, and with it possibly their hopes of entry into next season's Uefa Cup.

Despite an impressive performance against Fulham last Saturday, a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage hardly helped Rovers' cause through the league either, but Dunn insists his team will not let their season peter out.

"I went through a few days where I didn't really sleep, but that's probably what the fans and everyone else involved with the club went through as well," Dunn told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"We could easily have thought that was our season finished after we went out of the cup.

"We could have been on our knees and looking forward to the summer.

"But, credit to the lads, in the last two games we've had a real good go at it.

"We were so close to getting to Wembley, but that's gone now and no matter what people say about it being a great performance, it means nothing and we've got to crack on with our own game now."

Rovers' best hope of a return to the Uefa Cup now lies with the InterToto Cup.

"The big goal for us is to get into Europe," he added.

"We've got to take whichever way we can to get into the competition.

"If that's the InterToto then so be it."