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Berg calls for Blackburn Rovers not to panic
HENNING Berg has called for everyone at Blackburn Rovers to ‘keep their heads’ after insisting his side are not a ‘million miles’ from their Premier dream.
Friday night’s miserable 4-1 home defeat to Championship leaders Cardiff City leaves Berg with just one win in his eight games as Rovers boss, but the Ewood manager believes prom-otion is still a realistic goal.
Berg (pictured left) was quick to admit his side have to improve all over the pitch after a third straight home loss left Rovers in 13th, four points from the play-off places.
He said: “The target is still promotion.
“Of course we have put our-selves in a little bit more difficulty than we would have liked.
“A few weeks ago I thought we were looking to build on the Hudd-ersfield and Peterborough perfor-mances, and we were not able to do that.
“Yes we are disappointed with the result, yes we are disappointed with some of the performances, but we are not a million miles away in that we played the league leaders in a tight and even game, football wise that ended not an even game in terms of the result.
“There are not that many things we need to do to make sure we win football matches.
“No one has ever said it will be easy but we just have to make sure we keep our heads, do the right things.”
Mark Hudson gave Cardiff a deserved half time lead on Friday night before Josh King levelled matters with his first Rovers' goal just before half time.
It proved false hope though as goals from Craig Bellamy, Joe Mason and Kim Bo-Kyung inflicted Rovers' heaviest defeat of the season.
Berg said: “We are disappointed to lose another game at home but Cardiff were the better team all over even if not quite as much as the scoreline suggests”, said Berg. “You can't have any complaints.
“They were more experienced than us, they had by far better finishing and they defended better. That was the key.
“We were not happy with the way we defended. We can defend much better and also the way we used the ball in the first half is way off to where we want to be.
“We can play better than this. There is a reason why Cardiff are doing well but I don't think they were a million miles better than us but they were in the most important areas.
“They looked a bit more experienced, a little bit more solid and they played at a higher tempo than we did.
“I think we pushed for it in the second half. Colin Kazim-Richards did well when he came on and played like we want to see every time he is on the pitch.
“If he can do that he is a good player. I thought Josh King worked hard all game and got his goal but apart from that we can improve a lot.”
Rovers' recent run of results has led to some calling for a return to the heart of defence for unused substitute Gael Givet.
Berg said: “I know Gael is a good option and I know he has played really well earlier.
“He was injured when I came and to be fair to Scott and Grant, they have played well together. In the last game against Burnley I thought they were magnificent.
“But on Friday's showing, I know both of them can do better. If Givet is a better option, we will see, because I know he is a good option, there is no doubt about that.
“I know Scott and Grant usually play well as well.”
Meanwhile Rovers are continuing to assess potential changes to the backroom staff.