Wednesday 30 November 2011

Kean focused on Blackburn's 'cup finals'

Rovers manager will not linger on Club's Carling Cup exit at Cardiff

Steve Kean has endured a difficult few weeks as manager of Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn manager Steve Kean admits he had one eye on the Club's next few matches in the Barclays Premier League as they crashed out of the Carling Cup at Cardiff.

Rovers, who are bottom of the League, made five changes for the trip to Wales and lost their quarter-final 2-0, with goals either side of half-time from Kenny Miller and Filip Kiss.

Kean decided not to risk Chris Samba, Michel Salgado and Martin Olsson with Barclays Premier League matches against Swansea, Sunderland, West Brom and Bolton coming up in December.

"Saturday's match against Swansea has to kick-start our season"
- Steve Kean

"To lose is a big disappointment," said Kean. "But we have matches coming up against sides within touching distance of us in the league and we need to treat those games as cup finals.

"Before the match I had a decision to make as far as how much I wanted to push Samba, Olsson and Salgado. They probably could have played at a push had we been in a slightly better position in the League.

"But we've got Swansea on Saturday so I made the five changes and also left those three at home to make sure they will be ready for the weekend."

Rovers have only won one match in the Barclays Premier League this season, a 4-3 victory at home to Arsenal in September, but Kean is confident they can now start to get some positive results on the board.

"Saturday has to kick-start our season," he said. "We all want the same things, myself and the supporters.

"We all want the Club to win the game. The fans are frustrated at the moment but we all need to stick together."

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Key Points

  • Much-changed Rovers side knocked out of Carling Cup
  • Kean more concerned with Barclays Premier League
  • Manager wants to kick-start season with wins