Jubilant Dann insists upbeat Blackburn Rovers can be a match for anyone after Arsenal win (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Jubilant Dann insists upbeat Blackburn Rovers can be a match for anyone after Arsenal win
A JUBILANT Scott Dann insists Michael Appleton's new-look Blackburn Rovers can beat anyone – as he eyes ending the season with double Wembley delight.
Rovers' stand-in skipper was a key figure in a herculean display to stun Premier League Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and move the club to within one game of an FA Cup semi final at Wembley.
Colin Kazim-Richards’ second half strike was enough to seal a famous 1-0 win for Rovers, with just a trip to Millwall standing between them and a spot in the last four after the draw saw the Ewood men avoid the big guns.
Dann though is already focusing on tomorrow night’s crucial Championship trip to Hull City with Rovers just six points adrift of a play-off spot, as he looks for glory on two fronts.
He said: “If you come to a place in the FA Cup like this and win we have shown we can beat anyone. Hopefully we can get through and get a spot in the semi finals.
“Winning like that can only breed confidence. We have a big schedule ahead of us and that can only breed confidence.
“We have to take it into Tuesday's game and try and get the three points. Our focus is on the league and we are only six points off the play-offs “We are not a million miles away. Things are starting to change and we have to keep going. It is nice to win at Arsenal but we want to back in the Premier League.
“Obviously we want to do well in the league and get in the play-offs but by the time the quarter final comes round ,we will be drumming into each and every one of us we are only 90 minutes away from Wembley.”
Rovers have now gone more than nine hours without conceding a goal in open play, with Appleton's men travelling to Hull tomorrow on the back of a six-match unbeaten streak.
Dann said: “We seem a lot tighter as a unit, whereas maybe for the last 18 months we have been a bit all over the place.
“We have changed formations a number of times, now the manager has come in and brought us stability and we are starting to get understandings together.
“We have kept a good few clean sheets in the last number of games and obviously Jake has been outstanding. It is more as a team we have been solid though.
“Since the manager came in we have that togetherness, the lads are working really hard and that is a big thing.”
Dann also had words of praise for Rovers' travelling 1400 fans: “The fans were outstanding from start to finish and were a big help, they deserve that result,” he said.
“Since I have been here there have been a lot of ups and downs, comings and goings. With the way the manager and his staff have approached things, we finally have some stability.
“We have been frustrated in the past 18 months as players and the fans have been really frustrated. That happens, if we perform like that every game then we are heading in the right direction.”
Meanwhile, Rovers’ duo Leon Best and Dickson Etuhu are expected to make their return from injury in today’s reserve team clash with Sunderland at Leigh Sport Village.
ABOVE: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts angrily to questions from reporters after his side lost to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup last 16.
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