Paul Robinson delighted with first Blackburn clean sheet of the season


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Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson is relieved to have finally kept his first clean sheet of the season and believes Rovers must take advantage of their growing confidence.

The 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Wolves last time out was vital in their battle against relegation but was also significant for being the first time since April that Rovers had prevented their opponents scoring.

Robinson admits it was a statistic which was starting to weigh heavily, but now they have ended that run they need to continue the good work which has seen them collect four points from two games.

"On a personal level the clean sheet was very important, you don't want records like that against you," Robinson said ahead of tonight's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland at Ewood Park.

"It had been going a long time and it is something you think about as a goalkeeper as you pride yourself and get judged on clean sheets.

"So to get the clean sheet as well as the performance and the win was good, it was a good weekend all round.

"We seem to be hitting form just at the right time.

"We are obviously in a precarious position, one that we wouldn't want to be in, but the way the games have fallen for us and the way our form is at the moment, we seem to be picking up results at the right time.

"It is going to be a very important week for us and hopefully it can continue.

"We've got two very winnable games coming up (they are scheduled to visit Bolton at the weekend) and we'll be looking to get six points.

"Six points at this stage of the season, given the position we are in, would be a massive achievement.

"There are five teams down there at the moment and it looks like it'll be three from five.

"We are sitting at the top of the five and we've got to make sure that it stays that way."

While Blackburn had a weekend off and spent some time away on a two-day team-building exercise, Sunderland were playing out a 1-1 draw at Everton in an FA Cup quarter-final.

Rovers manager Steve Kean hopes that with a replay to come and a Wembley appearance within touching distance, his side can take advantage of the Black Cats' distractions.

"I saw Sunderland at the weekend against Everton and they put everything into that game," said the Scot.

"We hope it will be to our advantage and they have left some of their legs at Goodison.

"Sometimes when you have a replay in the back of your mind psychologically that can be somewhere in there as well. But we have to look after ourselves and make sure our game plan is right and we are aggressive in our game plan.

"We have got a good bit of consistency in picking up points and when you do that confidence comes back into the squad.

"We feel as though we are in a good frame of mind selection-wise; we have lots of options and we have lots of people playing well.

"That is all coming at the best time for the club. That is very pleasant - although it's not so good for the lads not selected to play.

"But we all want the same thing and that is to get to a safety point as quickly as possible."