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We can build bridges with fans, says Blackburn Rovers stalwart Dunn
DAVID Dunn believes Blackburn Rovers can build a few bridges with a disgruntled Ewood Park faithful – but knows the only way to do it is by taking the Championship by storm.
The long-serving Rovers midfielder admits a few more signings are needed this summer after their Premier League relegation but is hopeful their actions on the field will get the fans “right behind us”.
Rovers have opened their pre-season campaign with three defeats from their first four matches but Dunn knows it is all about being ready for the big kick-off at Ipswich and he is confident they will be.
Sections of Rovers supporters have continued to vent their anger at under fire boss Steve Kean this summer, after last season’s protests fell on deaf ears, and Dunn knows a battle is ahead to get the fans back.
He believes the addition of Leon Best, Danny Murphy and Nuno Gomes is a good start and believes a few more new arrivals and a quick league start will only aid their cause.
Dunn said: “It is important we get the fans back on board. We made a lot of changes last year that affected everyone. It is disappointing (the fans reaction) to see sometimes but we have to get on with it as professionals and sometimes we have to put up with that.
“I am sure, hopefully, if we get off to a good start, the fans can start coming back. I know it is disappointing for everyone involved in the club - no more so than ourselves. “Hopefully we can start building a few bridges and get them back on side and it is results in the league that will help to do that.
Come August 18, if we start winning, I am sure people will start slowly coming back.” Ahead of Sunday’s pre-season friendly against AEK Athens at Fleetwood, Dunn is adamant not too much should be read into their disappointing recent results.
He is confident Steve Kean’s men will be ready for their Ipswich opener and claims that is only when results start to matter. “We are only a couple of weeks in, so although it is disappointing to lose games, we can’t look too much into it,” he said.
“First and foremost it is about getting as much fitness work in as we can.
“With Leon and Danny coming in with the other lads, I personally think maybe a couple more are needed, so hopefully we can make a couple more signings.
“It gives everyone confidence when they make signings. It speaks for itself. Hopefully we can make a few more and get the fans right behind us and hopefully we can get out of the blocks flying.
“Everything is shaping up well and, in another four weeks, or less now, is when it matters. I spoke to Colin Hendry the other day and when we won the league, we lost every pre season friendly.
“Not that you want to get beat but it shows you people can look too much into them. As long as you get your fitness work and are ready for the start of the season then that is the main thing.”