Rovers ready for City challenge

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Blackburn boss Steve Kean insists his players can match those of big-spending Manchester City in Monday night's high-stakes encounter at Ewood Park.

City travel to Blackburn looking for victory as they seek to secure Champions League football for the first time while Rovers are desperate for points to avoid relegation. Rovers have abandoned their renowned direct approach since Sam Allardyce was sacked and replaced by Kean in December but he admits it is now a case of win at all costs.

"It's lovely to win and play nice football but at this stage of the game it's about winning," said Kean.

"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.

"City will be looking for three points too and we have to be up and at them straight away, don't let them settle."


Kean insists he does not envy the resources available to City's Roberto Mancini.

He said: "We have a good group of players too and I've never moaned that we have no depth. Anytime we've asked the owners to dip into their pockets and get wages out for loan players or go to other parts of the world and invest in young players for the future they have done that.

"They (City) have had massive investment very quickly, the way we are going to invest is going to be slower over a longer period and I'm sure the owners will back the overall improvement and expansion of the club."

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 should be back after missing the defeat at Everton with a hamstring problem.

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