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Jansen fires out a warning

Matty Jansen may not feel like Blackburn should hit the panic button just yet in terms of a relegation battle but he does feel that this season could bear a resemblance to the last time Rovers were relegated - if these next two home games are not dealt with properly.

The Rovers side of 99 was considered too good to go down but with about 14 games left they went on a shocking run that culminated with them ending up in 19th.

With home games against in-form Hull and Bolton coming up, Jansen knows these are the games that could prevent a repeat of those relegation theatrics.

Jansen told the Lancashire Telegraph - "It only takes a couple of games to be dragged right back into trouble and Rovers will know that going into these two very important home games.

"I think people thought we would be okay in 1998/99 but once our bad run started, the pressure just built up and built up and you just started thinking 'where is the next win going to come from`.

"You are always looking at that forty point mark to ensure safety and until you get there, the nerves will be jangling.

'I actually think it will only take about 37 points to stay up, but you can`t know that.

"The problem is these games do become very nervous now.

'We found that back when we were relegated and I suppose results show we didn`t respond very well. It is hard to get yourselves out of a slump."

Wise words indeed from Matty - although to be fair, we are in a position where our destiny is our own.

Tonight is crucial in my eyes and a win will give us a little more breathing space.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 10 2010

Time: 8:21AM

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Good to see Matty is there with a reality check - it shows that he cares and good to see him giving us some backing, after all he is a fan.
Mikey Delap
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10/02/2010 08:24:00

I have also got nervous after the Villa games, now the team got to step up and get the points. I don't want to think about what happens if we loose the next couple of games. Hope the players listen to Matty and the 3 points tonight, then it is looking good again...... Cheers
riisenholt
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10/02/2010 08:55:00

what a legend, and hes right! lets not make the mistakes of the past and get the points on the table while we can
LHrover
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10/02/2010 09:43:00

Good to see one of our former legends actually coming out and supporting us, unlike others who go into the media and forget who they played for.....
sasman
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10/02/2010 10:00:00

Winning games is something Big Sam HAS to start!
JT_daniel
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10/02/2010 15:30:00

I'm really pleased to see Matty coming out to support the club, these words of caution and encouragement goes a long way! There is only one Matt Jansen!
metalrover
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11/02/2010 02:20:00

No team is to good to go down, we've found that out before. However, the victory over Hull should've opened up enough light that can be built on to ensure we're safe.
Walker
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11/02/2010 08:47:00

good call Walker! I think we are at a point now where we can make sure earlier than we did last season, then maybe the players can relax and Sam can enjoy a more aesthetically pleasing style!!!
Mikey Delap
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