Kean salutes Rovers support

Boss aware of protests but is focused on pursuit of points

Steve Kean: Confident he can steer Blackburn to Premier League safety

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Steve Kean is aware that further protests are planned at Blackburn this weekend, but has thanked the fans for getting behind the team.

Disgruntled Rovers supporters will once again air their grievances when Aston Villa roll into Ewood Park on Saturday.

A disappointing campaign which sees Blackburn continue to struggle inside the Premier League drop zone has led to numerous shows of unrest in the stands.

Kean was targeted on a regular basis at the start of the season, but he appears to have ridden out the worst of the storm.

He has always maintained that he is giving his all to the collective cause and claims, despite the events which are set to unfold this weekend, that the fans have helped him and the players to remain positive during a difficult period.

Kean said: "If there's anything staged before the game, I'm not aware of what that does, all I can say is the atmosphere of late has been excellent.

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"If there's anything staged before the game, I'm not aware of what that does, all I can say is the atmosphere of late has been excellent."

Steve Kean

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"It's been quite intimidating for the opposition, the fans have got right behind the whole team and I really think they've appreciated the way we've gone about the last few home games."

Indian owners Venky's are the main target of the fans' frustration at present, and Kean added: "I think they're aware of the marches that are taking place."

A positive result for Blackburn against Villa could be enough to see them out of the bottom three and Kean says he will continue to focus on taking that step, rather than get caught up in events off the field.

He said: "You look back to last season and I think I'm right in saying Blackpool had 32 points at this stage, so we feel we can get back to teams, and not only Villa. Swansea are just above them, and we're looking to catch the teams above us.

"We're playing well, we're picking up points and we go into this phase of games looking forward. We know we have to take care of our own points but some of the teams in and around us have got to go to the venues we've already been at and got points from.

"We're confident at the end of this month we'll have points on the board and hopefully a bit of space between us and teams in and around us."

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