Sam: We feel we can do the busi­ness

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEWS - By James Andrew

SAM Gal­lagher says last week­end’s win over As­ton Villa has given Black­burn hope that they can pull off the Great Es­cape.

Rovers go into to­day’s game at tenth-placed Brent­ford in the fi­nal Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion spot, level on points with Not­ting­ham For­est and two points be­hind Birm­ing­ham.

But Gal­lagher in­sists that Tony Mow­bray’s side are not look­ing at any­one else other than them­selves.

Danny Graham’s goal early in the sec­ond half was enough to take all three points at Ewood Park last week­end and give Black­burn the chance to take the fight to the fi­nal day.

And now the 21-year-old striker, on loan from Southamp­ton, is adamant that Rovers are up for the fight and ready to stay up.

Gal­lagher said: “We have got to fo­cus on win­ning the game. We don’t want to win 1-0, we want to go and score two or three and give our­selves the best chance.

“We have shown we have played well against them and teams in higher po­si­tions so we def­i­nitely feel we can go and do the busi­ness.

“We know the var­i­ous per­mu­ta­tions and what could hap­pen but what we know is that we have to fo­cus on what we do.

“We knew we had to beat As­ton Villa last week and that was all we were think­ing about. The re­sult there has set us up for the week­end.

“I thought we played some good stuff – we maybe did not play the way we have all sea­son, we were a bit more di­rect and tried to get the ball up the pitch, but that helped us.”

In the 14 games since Mow­bray re­placed Owen Coyle, Black­burn have lost just three times.

And the boss be­lieves that if they put in an­other good per­for­mance against the Bees at Grif­fin Park to­day then they will give them­selves a su­perb chance of seal­ing a dra­matic sur­vival.

Mow­bray said: “I can only judge on the ten weeks I’ve been here re­ally but their ap­proach to foot­ball matches, their ap­proach to want­ing to lis­ten and make the game­plans work on a match­day has been ex­cep­tion­ally good. They have shown a great de­sire. “If a few draws had turned into vic­to­ries then we wouldn’t be hav­ing this drama on the last day. We are aware that a few of them have slipped through our fin­gers from win­ning po­si­tions. “So we now have to go to Brent­ford and get a real pos­i­tive re­sult and a real pos­i­tive per­for­mance. We are look­ing for­ward to it, I have no fears that we will turn up and give a good ac­count of our­selves.”

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