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Blackburn Rovers-Swansea City Preview
(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Relegation will be on the minds of both teams when Swansea City host Blackburn Rovers at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Swans' 3-0 loss against QPR in midweek was their fifth defeat on the bounce, but one more win in their remaining five games should see the Welsh side to safety.
"We're fighting as well - we're not out of it by any means at all," said Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers. "Certainly our wheels aren't out and landed.
"We need to fight right to the Liverpool game. We're not good enough to just coast through games and we need to be full tilt every single game and that's what we've been up until tonight.
"What I've said to the players is that we're not mathematically safe, but we need to show all of the qualities that we've shown up until now. If we can do that, then we'll finish well."
Following on from his manager's criticism of the performance, key midfielder Joe Allen believes that the display at Loftus Road was the team's worst of the season.
"It was possibly the most disappointing we have felt this season," said the Wales midfielder. "We weren't at it at all. We are bitterly disappointed and we all sympathise with the fans because they turned up in their numbers and we've let them down to be honest.
"We let ourselves down with maybe a lack of desire and aggression. The tempo and ruthlessness was not there to get the goal.
"You could see that QPR were fighting for their lives. Gylfi (Sigurdsson) put in some quality set-pieces but it just didn't get past the goal-line, which happens sometimes.
"Then to concede the first goal just before the break was really bad timing. But I don't think we were 100 per cent all over the pitch, which we know we need to be.
"We have got to make sure that we don't go away from the things that got us to where we are this season. We have not shied away from our target this season which is to retain our Premier League status."
Blackburn sunk back into the relegation zone with a 3-2 defeat against Liverpool on Tuesday, but manager Steve Kean is sure that the players won't start to feeling sorry for themselves after a recent dip in form.
"I was saying after the Sunderland win that we were not out of it," said Kean. "I said there were a lot of points to play for and there would be a lot of twists and turns, and there will be.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves and I know we won't."
The Swans remain without long-term absentees Kemy Agustien (ankle) and Ferrie Bodde (knee). Rovers will be without Vince Grella (thigh).
Only Manchester City and Liverpool have conceded fewer goals at home than Swansea this season, while Blackburn have the leakiest defence on the road in the top flight, conceding 38.
Yakubu scored all four goals when Blackburn beat Swansea 4-2 in this season's reverse league fixture at Ewood Park on December 3. Leroy Lita ands Luke Moore replied for the Swans.
Updated April 12, 2012