Emerton positive Rovers will stay in EPL

by AAP on May 15, 2011

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Australian defender Brett Emerton says he's positive his Blackburn side will avoid relegation and again play in the English Premier League next season, following a 1-1 draw with Manchester United that saw The Red Devils take the league title.

The 32-year-old midfielder put Blackburn on the board in the 20th minute of Saturday's clash with United at Ewood Park, with the equaliser not coming until the 72nd minute when star Wayne Rooney slotted in a penalty.

The result sees Rovers shift three places clear of table trailblazers Blackpool, Wigan Athletic and West Ham United.

While Emerton said he was pleased with Saturday's result, he admits there's still work to be done and that next Sunday's line-up against the similarly positioned Wolverhampton Wanderers would be crucial.

"I thought we played quite well, restricting them to a few chances and creating quite a few of our own," he said in a post match interview with Britain's talksport.

"Before the game we would have taken a point and it's still a great result for us, but doesn't keep us mathematically safe so we have to go to Wolves and get a result there."

Emerton, who had two shots on goal in Saturday's match - his first missing the net just a matter of seconds before his goal - went on to say he's confident of the Rovers inclusion in Premier League next season.

"We are in the drivers seat out of all those teams down the bottom. We would prefer to be wearing a Blackburn Rovers shirt that's for sure," he said.

"It's all in our own hands, we've got a good goal difference so I'm still positive that we will keep ourselves safe and be in the premier league next season."

Fans in Emerton's home town can be excused for barracking for the Rovers relegation however. Reports this week have linked the former Sydney Olympic man with a Sydney FC homecoming, dependent on Blackburn's drop.