Blackburn need one win to secure safety says Steve Kean

Blackburn boss Steve Kean believes his side need one more win to secure their Premier League safety after they beat Bolton 1-0 at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Rovers now have 38 points from 34 games and are three points clear of the drop zone with three games left to play.

"If you've got 40 points and a good goal difference, which we have, that's going to see you safe," said Kean.

"We've got to play West Ham and we've got to play Wolves in the last game so everybody can't get three points."

Blackburn's deserved victory over Bolton on Saturday, courtesy of full-back Martin Olsson's first-half goal, brings a timely end to a run of five straight home defeats during a 10-game winless streak.

After having failed to score in their previous two matches, Kean felt his side's performance was a testimony to the professionalism of his players in trying circumstances.

"I thought we performed with a lot of attitude and spirit and togetherness," he said.

"Today there wasn't a want for the points, there was a need, which is a very different emotion. You could feel it in the dressing room.

"The lads had a focus and I thought they gave an outstanding and professional performance. They gave me every single thing I asked for before the game and more."

Kean reserved special praise for Olsson, who was outstanding down the left-hand side for Rovers.

The Swede could have scored more than once, having a number of further efforts in the first half in addition to his goal, including a shot that was headed off the line by Paul Robinson.

"Martin Olsson I thought was the match-winner today," Kean added. "He matched up against Wheater and we felt if we could give the ball to Martin he could use his pace and his penetration.

"We were getting so much joy down the left. We were just trying to get it wide to Martin who was certainly on it today."

Kean confirmed that veteran full-back Michel Salgado, who came off in the second half, had twisted his knee and would be assessed on Sunday.

"It looked quite nasty but he's a tough little character," said the Rovers boss.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle, who made four changes to his side following their 3-0 loss at Fulham on Wednesday, felt his side gave a good account of themselves considering the injuries that have deprived him of a number of first-team players.

Notably, they were without striker Daniel Sturridge, who has scored seven goals in nine games since joining on loan from Chelsea.

"I'm frustrated," said Coyle. "I felt the application the lads put in was terrific given again we were decimated by injury and really had a makeshift team.

"We started the game well and probably could and should have scored [when Rodrigo Moreno hit a post] and then we've shot ourselves in the foot with the goal we've lost.

"I think a lot of them acquitted themselves very well in terms of the effort, both physically and mentally, they had to give given how big the last couple of weeks have been for them and coming off a tough midweek game as well.

"We have the smallest squad in the division and that was shown earlier in the season. And today we had nobody else, we were down to 18 given injuries."

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