Remaining games like 'World Cup finals' says Blackburn defender Scott Dann

 

Defender Scott Dann claims Blackburn's remaining six games carry the significance of "World Cup finals" as they bid to achieve Barclays Premier League survival.

Rovers will be aiming to halt a run of three successive defeats when they entertain Liverpool this evening, a sequence which has pushed them back into the bottom three.

Dann, who was relegated with Birmingham last season, believes Rovers need to win their remaining three home games against the Reds, Wigan and Norwich to stand a chance of staying up.

Dann said: "The lads are really determined to put right the weekend first-half performance (in the 3-0 loss) at West Brom on Tuesday night.

 

"Every game between now and the end of the season is a World Cup final for us and we've got to put in some big performances and get some points as early as possible.

"I think we've got to be looking to win all our home games and maybe get a few points away to get out of the position we are in as quickly as possible.

"Liverpool have not had the best results, but they are a top team and people will say it is a better time to play them.

"But they will be wanting to put their performances right as well as us so it's going to be a really tough game.

"We've got to make sure we are all ready to produce the goods on Tuesday."

Dann added: "Relegation battles always go to the wire and with the lads we've got in the dressing room, we know we are capable of getting ourselves out of it.

"We just need to work hard together and try and get ourselves out of it as quickly as possible so we are not going into the last couple of games needing big results."

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is hoping Liverpool will have one eye on their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Liverpool have won only one of their last eight league games and Kean is hoping their focus is already starting to turn to the semi-final with Everton at Wembley.

He said: "There is no reason why we can't go out and beat Liverpool. We've done it before last year. We played very well.

"Liverpool will have an eye on the FA Cup so us playing them now is a good time.

"It will be difficult for them not to think about the semi-final, so we will try to use that to our advantage.

Blackburn will be without suspended on-loan striker Anthony Modeste who will have to serve a three-match ban after his red card for violent conduct against West Brom.

Kean will check on the fitness of defender Martin Olsson who suffered a shoulder injury at the Hawthorns, although he was able to complete the game.

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