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Olsson wants Rovers to win ugly

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Blackburn have to put their new style of football to one side and play ugly to ensure the top-flight survival, according to their Swedish star Martin Olsson.

Rovers have abandoned their renowned direct approach since Sam Allardyce was sacked and replaced by Steve Kean, but have also found themselves dragged into the relegation fight. Manchester City visit Ewood Park on Easter Monday needing a victory in the chase for a Champions League spot, and 22-year-old Olsson says Blackburn need to fight for their lives.

Olsson said: "To be honest now is not the time to play attractive football, it's about getting points and digging in. Even if we do long balls, I don't really care how we play so long as we get the points."

Kean has been the target of criticism from disaffected fans but Olsson insisted it was unfair to blame the manager.

He added: "You can't blame it all on him, we players have to do our job as well.

"But we know the situation we are in and if we just keep playing with confidence I can't see us going down. We have been playing some great football at times but some decisions haven't gone our way and we've been a bit unlucky as well.

"We haven't even thought about relegation, we're strong mentally and cannot even think about the negatives. We've been in the Premier League for a long time and it's not going to happen that we're going to go down now."

Ryan Nelsen and Vince Grella are injured for Rovers and Steven Nzonzi serves the last match of a three-game suspension. Roque Santa Cruz, meanwhile, is unavailable against his parent club.

Junior Hoilett, the 20-year-old Canada-born striker, should be back after missing the defeat at Everton with a hamstring problem.

Kean echoed Olsson's sentiments, saying: "It's lovely to win and play nice football but at this stage of the game it's about winning. We have only lost once in almost four months at home, since I have become manager, so Ewood is going to be a tough place for any team to come."

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Steven Nzonzi
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