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Good omens offer Blackburn Rovers boss hope at Hawthorns
SUPERSTITION may not have much of a part to play in the Premier League relegation scrap but Steve Kean travels to West Brom tomorrow hoping the omens are with him.
Kean’s first ever win as a manager came in Rovers’ 3-1 triumph at West Bromwich Albion in December 2010 and he followed that up with victory over Liverpool in his next home match – albeit with a loss at Sunderland in between.
Now, as Kean prepares for two matches in the space of four days that could go a long way to deciding Rovers’ Premier League future the Rovers boss hopes the good memories will come flooding back.
After tomorrow’s trip to the Midlands, Rovers entertain struggling Liverpool at Ewood on Tuesday night as they look to climb out of the relegation zone, with the four teams above basement side Wolves separated by just one point.
He said: “I thought last year we played very well at the Hawthorns. We won there and quickly after that we managed to beat Liverpool. Good omens that these games are ahead.
“I think that is in players’ minds. When you turn up at a dressing room where you have good memories it helps. It certainly has a part to play.
“It is not only West Brom but Liverpool as well, we managed to win both games. Good memories.
“We saw them last week and know it will be a tough game.
“You have memories of a good result and, with the way we are playing at the moment, it is a ground we can go to and compete at and get out of the blocks and try to be positive from the first whistle.
“Much like we did last season when we played there. We set the tempo, played very quickly off their front men, played in their half and had a very good afternoon.”
With West Brom sitting eight points clear of Rovers, many believe the Baggies have already secured top flight football again for another season.
But, with Rovers, Bolton, QPR and Wigan all showing signs of a revival in recent weeks, Kean knows West Brom will still believe they have a lot to play for.
He said: “I saw West Brom play last week and I don’t think they will feel as though they are completely out of it yet. It is not a case of they have nothing to play for because they will want to put the points on the board as well.
“I am sure they will want to finish as high as they can. They are not going to take their foot off the pedal.
“Every player wants to play and wants to win.
“It is very tight. A few weeks ago people thought we were clear of it but then our rivals win and we play Manchester United.
“Others have to play them, so it changes and we just have to keep chipping away with the points.
“It changes every week. All you can do is get the most you can from every game and that is why we were so disappointed against Manchester United because a point would have lifted us up two places.
“It was a disappointing weekend for us because teams around us got points. That will swing again though I am sure.
“It is never nice when you slip down places but we have to quickly turn focus to what was good in the game.
“We have 17 points from the last 13 games and we know if we keep this form up we will get more than enough points to see us safe.”