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Blackburn midfielder David Dunn targets improved season

David Dunn
Dunn has made 296 appearances for Blackburn

Blackburn midfielder David Dunn is certain the club will not be in another relegation tussle next season.

Sunday's 3-2 victory over Wolves was enough for both sides to remain in the Premier League next season.

"Obviously we're disappointed that we were in the position to start with, but what a great day for both teams," Dunn told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"We've had ups and downs all the way, but I think next year things will be much better."

Blackburn's win at Molineux meant they finished the season in 15th - four points above the drop zone.

Five clubs were still in relegation trouble on the final day of the season, Dunn says it was important the Rovers players focused on what they needed to do.

I'm sure someone doesn't buy a football club to not push on and do something with it

Blackburn midfielder David Dunn on the Venky's group

"We obviously kept up-to-date on the bench with what was happening. It was a nervous time but I'm just glad that we stayed up.

"I was with the club when we were relegated [in 1999], although I was only a young lad then and probably didn't really absorb what was happening. But if we can keep this group together then we will push on."

Blackburn had to contend with a change of ownership during the season with the Indian Venky's group taking control in November. The club also changed manager the following month with first-team coach Steve Kean replacing Sam Allardyce.

But Dunn believes the new owners need to be given time to assess the best way to take the club forward.

"We had a meeting with the new owners [on Saturday] and they seem like they really want to have a good go at it," said the 31-year-old Great Harwood-born player.

"They seem very genuine people and really want us to do well.

"There weren't too many people queuing up to buy the club so I think we've got to give them a lot of respect and a lot of credit. I'm sure someone doesn't buy a football club to not push on and do something with it."

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