Olsson hails Rovers resilience
Martin Olsson feels Blackburn's draw at Arsenal shows how much they want to avoid a relegation battle.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 04/04/11 12:53pm
Martin Olsson feels Blackburn's performance at Arsenal showed just how much they want to avoid a relegation dogfight.
A run of one point from five games had seen Rovers slip towards the Premier League danger zone.
But Junior Hoilett's stoppage-time strike rescued a point against Blackpool before Blackburn held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates on Saturday.
Steve Kean's men had conceded a goal from the penalty spot in four of their previous five games but they halted that run.
And although Rovers lost Steven N'Zonzi to a red card in the 76th minute, Olsson shone in defence as they claimed a valuable point.
"I think it has been such a long time that we've been playing good football but things haven't been going our way," Olsson told the club's official website.
"It has finally come good - and no penalty against us as well, it feels good.
"It shows commitment of the team that even though we were one man down, we wanted that point and it all worked out.
"It feels good to get the point, the Emirates is a hard place to come to with the way they play, but we have proved we can stand up to them and to any team.
"I don't think it was a case of them being bad, I think we were playing well.
"Everyone played their part, everyone worked hard and that makes us all happy and we remain positive when we see everyone work like that."
The draw took Blackburn two points clear of the drop zone ahead of Birmingham's visit to Ewood Park this Saturday and Olsson stressed how important it is for Rovers to back up the Arsenal performance.
"The spirit in the dressing room right now is high and we now have to take that into the game against Birmingham," added the Sweden international.
"Steve Kean has always been positive in training, even if things haven't gone our way. It shows that we need time, we shouldn't stress, we can take this result into the Birmingham and the other games and there'll be no problem."