Blackburn not safe from relegation yet, warns Steve Kean

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean insists there is more work to be done if his side are to secure top-flight survival

Steven Kean has insisted Blackburn Rovers are not yet safe from relegation and has warned the Ewood Park outfit that they must continue their winning run over the next month.

Rovers eased to a 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday night courtesy of goals from Junior Hoilett and Yakubu, moving Kean’s side five points clear of the relegation zone.

But the 44-year-old manager is under no illusions over the size of Rovers’ task, with his side set to face fellow relegation candidates Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

“There’s still a lot of football to be played,” said Kean.

“But we’ll look at this month and think there’s a big opportunity to get points on the board. Possibly put a bit of a gap between us and the teams around us.

“We’ve gone unbeaten in the last three games with Villa, Wolves and now Sunderland [on Tuesday night].”

Meanwhile, Martin O’Neill warned Sunderland against complacency after the Black Cats succumbed to just their second defeat in six games.

“We have to be right for the games,” said the Sunderland manager.

“We haven’t reached a situation where we can relax. We shouldn’t be able to relax. We should have done better tonight. I think we know that.”

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