Blackburn caretaker boss Bowyer faces up to relegation scrap

Gary Bowyer took over following the sacking of Michael Appleton last month. Photo: PA

Blackburn caretaker manager Gary Bowyer admits it will be difficult to stave off another relegation after Rovers fell into the npower Championship relegation zone.

After plummeting from the Barclays Premier League last year, Blackburn are in severe danger of sliding into League One following a 3-2 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

After the chaos of the short-term spells in charge of Henning Berg and Michael Appleton, Blackburn's owners Venky's are pinning their hopes on Bowyer leading the team to safety.

But the Ewood Park side have not won since they beat Arsenal in the FA Cup in February and, with Huddersfield drawing with Peterborough yesterday, the Lancastrians dropped to 22nd place.

Goals from Jordan Rhodes and Scott Dann were countered by two from Jermaine Johnson and a Leroy Lita penalty for Wednesday.

Bowyer said: "We aren't going to feel sorry for ourselves; it's in our hands still, we have a game in hand.

"Of course it's difficult, it's a difficult situation, but I'm not going to shirk, I'm going to give it my best shot, we can only fight. The players care, they really care.

"Our games are winnable games. We can get 18 (more points) but our luck has to change.

"Matters off the field don't help, but they are out of our control."