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Championship

Jittery Rovers worry Black

25 October 2012

Blackburn caretaker manager Eric Black believes his side must overcome problems with anxiety in order to mount a successful challenge in the npower Championship this season.

Grant Hanley's close-range strike from David Dunn's fifth-minute cross proved enough for Rovers to claim a first win in six matches, but an enterprising first half-hour regressed into a turgid display after the break when Wednesday made most of the running.

Black, in charge for a fifth game following Steve Kean's resignation last month, feels trials and tribulations on and off the pitch have taken their toll despite the victory moving Rovers back into the play-off places.

"I think we started extremely brightly and I thought 'there's a bit of confidence coming back'," he said. "We scored, things had gone to plan and then for whatever reason - there are obvious reasons - a bit of anxiety starts to come on the play, there's a bit of anxiety in the spectators.

"There's an anxiety that arrives when we're trying to retain that lead and we need to retain the ball better. We can't invite that type of pressure on ourselves and that's something we're going to have to try and resolve.

"Hopefully it (winning) makes a big difference. We've gone from 11th to fifth. They've worked hard - I've got to admit I couldn't have asked much more of them.

"But we have to resolve this anxiety-type feeling that invites pressure on us."

Wednesday are now winless in nine league games and lie second-bottom with games against fellow relegation zone incumbents Ipswich and Peterborough up next. Boss Dave Jones was left to rue his side's profligacy.

"We've got to put the ball in the back of the net. We've done everything but put the ball in the back of the net," he said. "Take away the first 10 minutes of the game and I think we've absolutely slaughtered them. But it's that final third, that final delivery, that final little pass that's letting us down."


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