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Olsson wants Rovers to scrap

Martin Olsson feels Blackburn have to put their new style of football to one side and play ugly to ensure top-flight survival.

Rovers have abandoned their renowned direct approach since Sam Allardyce was sacked and replaced by Steve Kean, but have also found themselves dragged into the relegation fight.

Ahead of Monday's home game against Manchester City, Olsson has spoken of the need to fight for their lives having adapted their style since Allardyce left.

He said: "Keano is a different kind of manager - he likes to play the ball on the ground with lots of one-touch, two-touch football.

"It was different to Sam but we have to get used to that and it has been going well on the pitch but we haven't got the points we wanted.

"To be honest, now is not the time to play attractive football. It's about getting points and digging in. Even if we do long balls, I don't really care how we play so long as we get the points."

Kean has been the target of criticism from disaffected fans but Olsson insisted it was unfair to place all the blame on the manager.

He added: "You can't blame it all on him - we players have to do our job as well - but we know the situation we are in and if we just keep playing with confidence I can't see us going down.

"We have been playing some great football at times but some decisions haven't gone our way and we've been a bit unlucky as well.

"We haven't even thought about relegation. We're strong mentally and cannot even think about the negatives. We've been in the Premier League for a long time and it's not going to happen that we're going to go down now."

Kean echoed Olsson's sentiments, saying: "It's lovely to win and play nice football but at this stage of the game it's about winning.

"We have only lost once in almost four months at home, since I have become manager, so Ewood is going to be a tough place for any team to come."

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