CHRIS Lines is banking on Sheffield Wednesday to crank up the pressure on under-fire Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean when they travel to Ewood Park tomorrow night.
The Owls face Rovers in the second round of the Carling Cup aiming to reach the third round of the competition for the first time since 2007. That year, Brian Laws’ men defeated Rotherham United and Hartlepool United before losing to Everton 3-0 at Hillsborough.
Buoyed by the morale-boosting come-from-behind triumph over Notts County on home soil last weekend, Lines sees no reason why Wednesday can’t heap more misery on Kean, whose side have lost their opening two fixtures and are bottom of the table in the top flight.
Lines said: “It is probably the first game we go into where we are the underdogs and there is no pressure on us.
“It is going to be a great test for us playing against Premier League and international players.
“They are massively expected to get a result, especially after the start they have had. They lost at the weekend and there is a bit of pressure on their manager and the players so there is every chance we can go there and pull off an upset.”
It would not be a major surprise if Gary Megson decided to change his starting line up at Rovers, as winning promotion from League One remains Wednesday’s priority.
But, if Wednesday are to cause a cup shock, Lines feels the players must retain possession better than they did in the two away losses at Bournemouth and Bury.
He said: “I don’t think we passed the ball well in either of those games and that is one of the main things we need to do. In training, we pass it around unbelievably and we need to take that into our away games. We have got to try and be a bit more relaxed in possession and try not to pump it forward long.”
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