Steve Kean to keep momentum
Steve Kean hopes Blackburn can take momentum from back-to-back wins into Saturday's trip to Newcastle.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 23/09/11 1:39pm
Steve Kean hopes Blackburn can take momentum from back-to-back wins into Saturday's Premier League trip to Newcastle.
Rovers followed up last weekend's entertaining 4-3 win over Arsenal with a midweek Carling Cup defeat of Leyton Orient, and Kean's side now face a difficult visit to St James' Park.
The wins have eased the pressure on Kean, who was without a league victory before beating the Gunners, and he wants to keep the ball rolling against Alan Pardew's side.
"Let's keep the momentum going," Kean said. "I think our performances have been good and I do think we should have picked up three or four more points on the way.
"But, such as it is, we don't and we just have to keep the standard of the play high and keep adding points to the board."
Summer signing Yakubu Aiyegbeni marked his competitive debut with a brace against Arsenal and, after spending four years at Everton, Kean believes the new lease of life will rejuvenate the Nigerian.
Kean said: "Maybe, after being at Everton, he just needed a fresh start because since the day he came in here he's been bright and he's hit the ground running.
"He just needs games. His first goal against Arsenal - the way he's taken it - shows he's a natural scorer and he just needs the opportunity to play."
Meanwhile, midfielder Simon Vukcevic played a key role in Blackburn's 3-2 defeat of Leyton Orient, scoring his first goal for the club since his summer move from Sporting Lisbon.
Following the game, Kean said Vukcevic still needed time to adjust to the demands of the Premier League and he reiterated that stance, which also applies to fellow summer buys with Radosav Petrovic and David Goodwillie.
Kean said: "Like any new player coming into the Premier League, it's the intensity and the pace of the game which is different and that will take him just a little bit of time, along with Petrovic and David Goodwillie.
"It'll take a little time, but they're showing signs [of adapting]. They got a little bit of game time the other night at Leyton Orient so it's just about bringing them up to speed."