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Dunn: Survival would be a ‘great achievement’
DAVID Dunn believes Premier League survival would be a “great achievement” for Blackburn Rovers after admitting dramatic changes at Ewood have proved costly.
The midfielder celebrated his 250th Premier League appearance by helping Rovers to a priceless 2-0 win over Norwich City, as they gave themselves a top flight lifeline.
Rovers remain three points adrift of safety though with just three games remaining and Dunn admits the amount of change at the club in such a short space of time has had an effect.
Dunn said: “It hurts a lot. Everything around it hurts me. There just seems to be unrest everywhere you look. But unfortunately that happens sometimes when things aren’t going well.
“I think there have probably been too many changes in a short space of time and I think any club that makes that many changes would be affected.
“That goes from at the training ground to down at Ewood. But we’ve got to keep going.
“I think winning the Worthington Cup was really good and the promotion season was great, and my England cap.
“But I do think that after everything we’ve had to put up with this year, and it’s been so frustrating for everyone involved with the club, it would be a great achievement to stay up.
“I’d be over the moon if we could get those points in the bag.”
Just a few weeks ago, Rovers looked to be heading to safety after wins against Sunderland and Wolves moved them six points clear of the drop zone.
A run of five straight defeats though drastically changed the outlook, leaving Saturday’s win vital to give Rovers a chance of surviving.
With trips to Tottenham and Chelsea and a home match against Wigan left to save their season, Dunn knows nothing can be ‘left on the pitch’.
“Basically, whoever goes down, deserves to go down,” said Dunn. “Hopefully the big man upstairs can look down on us and keep us in the league.
“But it’s certainly not going to happen if we play like we did at Swansea.
“We’ve got to have a real good go and our application, first and foremost, has got to be the most important thing.
“Every single one of our players has got to go out there and give it everything. We’ve got to match the other teams for determination and willingness to grind out results and I think too many times this season, we haven’t done that.”