Dunn targeting Europe
Blackburn's David Dunn believes it would be a great achievement to qualify for next season's Europa League.
Last Updated: 04/01/10 9:59am
Blackburn Rovers playmaker David Dunn believes it would be a great achievement to qualify for next season's Europa League.
Rovers are currently two games away from Wembley as they look to do battle with Aston Villa over two legs in the Carling Cup semi-final.
Martin O'Neill's side got the better of Blackburn in their FA Cup meeting on Saturday by running out 3-1 winners, although it was a much-changed Rovers line-up.
Blackburn are expected to be back at full strength for the first leg of their semi-final against Villa and Dunn insists the chance to qualify Europe will not be taken lightly.
Dunn has revealed his grandad has been the biggest influence on his career and, while he could not make it down to Villa Park to see their FA Cup clash, he will be in attendance for Tuesday's game at Ewood Park.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old insists he will retain spot-kick duty for Tuesday's game despite missing from 12-yards out in the first half of their FA Cup exit.
"He's been the biggest influence on my career," he told the Daily Star. "He took me everywhere when I was younger and hardly misses a match now.
"He couldn't get down because of the snow, but he'll be there on Tuesday and hopefully for the second leg too.
"He's got my medal from when we won the League Cup in 2002. He gets everything actually. He takes it off me as soon as I get it on!
"If we get another penalty on Tuesday I'll have no worries about taking it. Everybody misses them at some time.
"The Carling Cup's a massive opportunity for us now. The biggest thing is that it is a way into Europe, and for a club like ours it would be a great achievement if we can get to the final and get into Europe.
"We need to set ourselves up with a good result in the first leg. We've beaten Villa 2-1 at home already this season - funnily enough I scored a penalty then."