Blackburn chairman: UEFA Cup run crucial

Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams admits a long UEFA Cup run is expected at Ewood Park this season.

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"We are a seeded team and, undoubtedly, we will be favourites to progress from this tie," said Williams after Rovers drew MyPa in their UEFA Cup qualifier.

"Of course, we must guard against complacency and you underestimate these teams at your peril.

"But Mark will prepare his players diligently and seriously and I personally feel that we should come progress from this tie with no real problems.

"I would be very disappointed if we did not progress.

"The stronger side usually comes through over two legs. In a one-off situation, the chance of a surprise is there.

"But we need to get through to join the other English sides in the UEFA Cup. That would then be our reward for going through the Intertoto Cup route."

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