Souness joy at avoiding the Blues
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jonathan Stead struck the only goal at Ewood Park five minutes from time to secure Rovers' fourth consecutive triumph.
The win ensures Premiership survival for Rovers, with Souness having feared a clash against Birmingham City on the last day of the season.
Souness was concerned Rovers old boys David Dunn, Damien Johnson and Martin Taylor could condemn the club to the drop but he is now a jubilant manager.
"I'm delighted," beamed Souness. "We've not entertained very much here at Ewood this year and we've been put in a difficult situation.
"You are always thinking the worst and I had visions of the last game of the season of us going to need something against Birmingham.
"They have got three ex-players and I thought one of them would get the goal, the old Denis Law thing which beat Man United."
Souness also praised the contribution of match-winner Stead, who has made a huge impact for Rovers since his arrival from Huddersfield during January's transfer window.
Young team-mate Paul Gallagher teed up the goal for Stead with Souness confident the duo have a bright future in the top flight.
"Gally is a class act and he came on and opened the door for us," added Souness.
"Stead has been nothing short of magnificent and he got the winning goal so it's smiles all round.
"With Stead, he's got his goals but also his work-rate is fantastic. As a young man, he's a pleasure to work with, he hangs on your every word and wants to learn.
"Young Gally may be less mature physically and this summer, though he doesn't know it yet, he will only have two weeks' holiday.
"He will spend the rest of the time with the physio working on his upper body strength and both of them could be very good players in the Premier League."