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The concern among Blackburn Rovers supporters that even avoiding relegation will do little to halt the slide towards oblivion will not disappear because of this victory but at least three points gives Steve Kean hope of achieving a short-term goal.

Only this week Kean has had to cope with rumours of a fallout with Steven Nzonzi, who was left on the bench, and Gäel Givet, an outstanding performer on his return to the side.

While his handling of certain situations could certainly have been better, Kean will deserve significant praise if, having worked with one hand behind his back, he keeps the club in the Premier League.

But the suffocating feeling that, having survived on the final day of last season, it will only be harder next time around if Blackburn continued to be run in this way – how the supporters must crave the days when they their boardroom was as newsworthy as Norwich City’s – will not go away.

Even when they had taken their two-goal lead through Mauro Formica’s fine volley and a curling finish from Junior Hoilett, the songs calling for the removal of owners Venky’s and Kean only seemed to get louder.

Yet, somehow, they could still be in the Premier League next season.

With remaining matches at Tottenham, at home against relegation rivals Wigan and at Chelsea on the final day, there was little disguising that only three points would do and, after five successive defeats, Blackburn got them.

Aside from the anti-Kean chants that continued around the stadium after kick-off, there could have been an even more awkward start to the afternoon if Grant Holt had made the most of two good early opportunities.

Paul Robinson, who has also been a rare highlight in this miserable campaign, also denied Wes Hoolahan’s powerful strike from just outside the area and Holt also missed from a perfect Elliott Bennett cross.

Blackburn demonstrated the goal-threat that has given them this chance of survival when Hoilett’s whipped cross was headed down by Morten Gamst Pedersen and Yakubu’s cushioned overhead kick hit the inside of the post.

And they pulled in front with a fine move, when Pedersen’s first-time cross was volleyed powerfully past John Ruddy by Formica.

Ruddy was given no chance three minutes after the restart, when Hoilett drifted past Russell Martin and hit a curling shot that had enough power to beat the helpless Norwich goalkeeper.

The Ewood Park club’s ability to find farce in even the most straightforward of situations means they never look entirely comfortable but Robinson pulled off yet another fine save from Aaron Wilbraham and the Norwich substitute just failed to turn Ryan Bennett’s header into the net.

Diving box: Nothing close to Ashley Young’s efforts but Mauro Formica certainly made the most out of a first-half challenge from Jonathan Howson and even gestured for referee Kevin Friend to give a yellow card.

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