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Tom to draw on Tigers experience

23 August 2013

Tom Cairney believes that his experience of promotion last year with Hull City can only stand him in good stead for this season's campaign with Rovers.

The 22-year-old, who was a member of Steve Bruce's promotion winning side, knows that scrapping for every point is what counts in the Sky Bet Championship.

"I learnt a lot last season," said the midfielder. "There were times when we scraped three points in games when we didn't deserve to, but that is what you have to do if you want to get promotion, win games when you shouldn't.

"We got into a winning habit and it is a great habit to have. Even in games where we were under the cosh we always felt that we were going to win the game.

"I can only learn from it and benefit and hopefully use that at Blackburn Rovers."

Another aspect that Rovers could benefit from is spreading the goal tally. Jordan Rhodes scored the majority of the goals for Rovers last season, whereas Hull City had 15 separate goalscorers.

Cairney got off the mark with the opening goal in the Capital One Cup against Carlisle United, and now he wants to chip in with a few strikes in the league.

"If I can add goals to my game then that would be great," added Cairney.

"Everyone needs to chip in throughout the season, you can't just rely on the lads up front.

"If you are to achieve things then goals have to come from all over the pitch, especially at tough times in the season.

"At Hull even the centre halves scored something like seven goals so that helps massively."

See Cairney and the rest of the Rovers lads in action this afternoon against Barnsley.

Tickets will be on sale right until the 3.00pm kick-off priced from £15 Adults, £10 Seniors and £5 Juniors.

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