Blackburn's difficult start to the season is behind them, promises Steve Kean, as the Rovers boss looks ahead with renewed optimism.
The Scot has seen his side lose all three of their Barclays Premier League games so far this term, with the last a soul-destroying defeat at the hands of Everton.
Blackburn missed two penalties before the Toffees scored from the spot in stoppage time to snatch three points from Ewood Park.
However, since then, Rovers have reinforced their ranks with the signings of Birmingham defender Scott Dann and experienced striker Yakubu, while David Goodwillie is still striving to make an impact of his own.
“I think when you look at the squad, I’ve always said that we’d like to have a competitive squad with two players in every position and we’ve certainly got that now,” said Kean.
“It was difficult at the start of the season because we had to play Steven Nzonzi as a centre half and Ryan Nelsen wasn’t 100 per cent fit, but Ryan being Ryan put himself up to play in the game against Villa.
“Now we’ve got Scott [Dann], we’ve managed to keep Chris Samba, Ryan’s had a little bit of a rest on his knee and Gael Givet’s back playing as good as ever. So I think at the back we’ve got a solid unit.
“We’ve managed to add Yakubu, together with Goodwillie earlier on in the window, so we’ve got different types – Jason Roberts, Yakubu, Formica, Goodwillie, there’s different permutations."