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John Collins believes 3 points vital

last updated Thursday 07th February 2002, 9:44 PM
Fulham star John Collins believes it's vital that the Cottagers come away with three points from Saturday's home clash with Blackburn Rovers.

The influential midfielder said: "Blackburn are right down there fighting relegation and we're not that far away from the pack down there, but then again we're not too far away from that European spot.

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Fulham midfielder John Collins believes it's vital that the Cottagers win their clash with Blackburn
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"So it's a game that can kick us on again. We need the three points, we're at home so we can take the game to Blackburn and go for goal right from the kick-off.

"We're very determined and very optimistic that we can get the result we want."

But the former Scottish international knows Rovers will be out for revenge following the club's last meeting - a 2-1 win at Ewood Park last season.

He added: "That victory was one of the highlights of last season. Down to 10 men, losing 1-0, away from home against our main rivals, to get a win out of that was incredible.

"Blackburn were a very good team, to get back to 1-1 and then get the late winning goal like we did, effectively won us the title. It was a special day. We played ever so well with 10 men.

"I'm sure that they will think they will owe us one for that game. It was a hard one for them to take.

"There is no doubt that it hurts when you get beat in those circumstances, so I'm sure their players will remember it and want to put it right. It's going to be a very tough game for us."

Collins is confident he will have recovered from an ankle injury that kept him out of the Villa clash in time to resume his role in the heart of the Fulham midfield.
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