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Ince backing Andrews

Paul Ince is putting his faith in Blackburn's unfashionable players to spring a surprise against Chelsea.

BLACKBURN // Paul Ince is putting his faith in Blackburn's unfashionable players to spring a surprise against Chelsea. A combination of injuries and suspensions means Ince will be forced to look to striker Jason Roberts and unsung midfielder Keith Andrews against the Premier League leaders today. For Andrews in particular it will be a huge test given that last season he was playing in League Two for Ince's former club MK Dons.

Ince said: "He is a goal-scoring midfielder. When he was at Milton Keynes he got 14 goals from midfield and you don't lose that knack, he has got a fantastic shot on him. "I don't think we shoot enough and he's come in and had a few efforts and it was only a matter of time before he scored. He'll get better and better. "He's only played a couple of games but it proves there are players down in that league. Keith has shown in the last couple of games that he was a real bargain.

"We are under no illusions. Technically Chelsea are better players than us, they are world-class players, but we can't afford to be in fear of them. "If we work as hard as we can and get a little bit of luck, who knows. We'll have a go at them, that's for sure." The striker Roque Santa Cruz remains a big doubt while Benni McCarthy is suspended, meaning Roberts, who signed a new three-year deal this week, is a certain starter and Ince believes he can give Chelsea skipper John Terry a run for his money

* PA Sport.