Wednesday 16 November 2011

Dunn urges realism from fans

Blackburn midfielder wants supporters to get behind team

David Dunn has appealed for support as Blackburn Rovers bid to climb the table

Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Dunn wants the club's supporters to be more realistic with their expectations.

Ewood Park was the scene of a protest from some Rovers fans against the tenure of manager Steve Kean after their 4-0 thrashing in the Barclays Premier League at the hands of Manchester City on 1 October.

Kean and his players flew out to India during the international break to play a friendly against Pune - winning the match 3-0 - which was rescheduled after being called off in pre-season following terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Blackburn's owners Venky's, who handed Kean the reigns at Ewood after dismissing Sam Allardyce in December 2010, will hold talks with the under-pressure manager having seen the club take only four points from their opening seven matches in the Premier League this season.

But Dunn thinks everyone involved with Rovers should show a united front as they fight to turn their season around and move away from the relegation zone.

"Let's be a bit more realistic," said the 32-year-old midfielder. "Of course we want to beat Manchester City, Manchester United and the top teams.

"Of course we are going to try and compete in every game. But at times it is very difficult, certainly with the gulf that seems to be appearing in the Premier League.

"Not for one minute am I having a go at the fans for booing - everyone is entitled to their opinion. It's the first time I've seen that inside the ground, where it was so hostile towards individuals.

"What I want to see as a Blackburn fan is if we are going to be the underdogs, let's be the underdogs together."

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Key Points

  • Rovers made poor start to Barclays Premier League
  • Dunn asks for fans to be patient with players
  • Midfielder says it is tough to compete with top teams