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Kean keeps his feet on the ground

HEARING the home crowd chant your name, pulling off a crucial save and helping the team to a morale-boosting three points. Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest really was the perfect home debut for Jake Kean.

The 21-year-old stopper will take his place between the posts for tomorrow’s FA Cup third round tie against Bristol City taking nothing for granted though, after admitting he knows his fortunes can change in an instant.

Rovers’ academy product has started the last four games as the club’s number one, with Paul Robinson’s Ewood Park future still hanging in the balance.

His second half save in his Ewood bow on Tuesday, from Billy Sharp’s header, kept Rovers in front and prompted a sound many of us never thought we would here – chants of ‘Keano’ from the stands.

Kean certainly appears to be relishing the opportunity to finally stake his claim having been forced to spend his first couple of years at the club on the fringes.

But, with the club shrouded by managerial uncertainty, Kean knows nothing is guaranteed.

He said: “I am not taking anything for granted. A new manager could come in and bring his own goalkeeper in, or could decide to change it.

“I am just going to take it one game at a time and go from there.

“It was nice to feel part of the team and part of the club and if I can play the next game, hopefully the fans can sing my name again.

“You are put in goal to make saves and if it hits you and stays out it is a bonus. I will take every save as it comes.

“The most important thing is we are picking up points and climbing up the table. That was my Ewood Park debut and it was brilliant to play in front of the crowd at home, get a clean sheet and help the team win.”

After Henning Berg’s dismissal, reserve team manager Gary Bowyer will continue in charge for the visit of the Robins tomorrow.

And, having worked with many of the club’s younger first team players before, he appears to have got a reaction from the squad that previous bosses could not manage.

“Gary Bowyer and Terry McPhillips deserve massive praise for the way they have gone about it,” added Kean.

“The way we have set up and the professionalism shown by everyone who is here has been brilliant, and I think it shows out on the pitch. Gaz has done a fantastic job so far and he knows what he is doing.”

And with back to back wins under Bowyer, Kean hopes the club have experienced a ‘turning point’.

He said: “The two performances we have had and the two results can be a great stepping stone to help us build and hopefully move up the table.

“There was a lot of confusion to start off with but I think the lads have rallied together and decided we are going to do it for ourselves and do it for the fans and not pay any attention to what is going on outside of our control.”

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8:08am Fri 4 Jan 13

A Darener says...

I never thought I would be saying this but, well done " Kean".
Keano! Keano! Keep up the good work.

Good luck to all tomorrow

Get into 'em!
I never thought I would be saying this but, well done " Kean". Keano! Keano! Keep up the good work. Good luck to all tomorrow Get into 'em! A Darener
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8:35am Fri 4 Jan 13

French Rover says...

Well done the young man for taking his chance. Keep that form up and he can be a key part of the team for years to come...
Well done the young man for taking his chance. Keep that form up and he can be a key part of the team for years to come... French Rover
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9:08am Fri 4 Jan 13

madrover says...

good stuff keano got a great future potentially one of rovers great keepers
good stuff keano got a great future potentially one of rovers great keepers madrover
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2:13pm Fri 4 Jan 13

handyamBRFC says...

back to the footy.....111

I think most of us know which players we would like see move on at BRFC.

But who do we want in playing....!!

Ok, I think we should make recomendations to BRFC as we're football fans and we see or hear of players doing well. I'm sure we know a player or two out there in the Football league who in their opinion good be a good player for BRFC.

Lets start pointing out the players in the lower leagues who could be good signings for Rovers.
Tony McMahon Shfld utd
Andrew Haliday Midbrgh

who is .......Tony McMahon...??

if we need a good young defender who is tough and has ability then maybe you should consider Tony McMahon who is at Sheffield utd but ex Middbrg.

have a look...!!
I think we should go for him
hes a full back, strong, tough and has scored goals

Andrew haliday
tough strong and young
back to the footy.....111 I think most of us know which players we would like see move on at BRFC. But who do we want in playing....!! Ok, I think we should make recomendations to BRFC as we're football fans and we see or hear of players doing well. I'm sure we know a player or two out there in the Football league who in their opinion good be a good player for BRFC. Lets start pointing out the players in the lower leagues who could be good signings for Rovers. Tony McMahon Shfld utd Andrew Haliday Midbrgh who is .......Tony McMahon...?? if we need a good young defender who is tough and has ability then maybe you should consider Tony McMahon who is at Sheffield utd but ex Middbrg. have a look...!! I think we should go for him hes a full back, strong, tough and has scored goals Andrew haliday tough strong and young handyamBRFC
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2:26pm Fri 4 Jan 13

MxMave says...

Only reason the fants were chanting Keano was because of the pure irony.
Could be worse, you could be called Camp.

Kean needs to work on his kicking if he has any sense, we took Robbo's superb kicking for granted. I'd say Kean as far as a shot stopper goes is better than Robbo but overall i feel safer with more experienced hands in the goal.
Only reason the fants were chanting Keano was because of the pure irony. Could be worse, you could be called Camp. Kean needs to work on his kicking if he has any sense, we took Robbo's superb kicking for granted. I'd say Kean as far as a shot stopper goes is better than Robbo but overall i feel safer with more experienced hands in the goal. MxMave
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6:14pm Fri 4 Jan 13

LanghoRover says...

MxMave wrote:
Only reason the fants were chanting Keano was because of the pure irony. Could be worse, you could be called Camp. Kean needs to work on his kicking if he has any sense, we took Robbo's superb kicking for granted. I'd say Kean as far as a shot stopper goes is better than Robbo but overall i feel safer with more experienced hands in the goal.
If a team playes football the keeper doesn't need to be able to kick a ball 40yrds or take free kicks, when was the last time you saw Victor Valdes take a free kick from the half way line, Kean should carry on doing what he is paid for stopping shots, Robbo did a great job and I thank him for his loyal service but time moves on, he is past it and too fat, he will do well at west Ham.
[quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: Only reason the fants were chanting Keano was because of the pure irony. Could be worse, you could be called Camp. Kean needs to work on his kicking if he has any sense, we took Robbo's superb kicking for granted. I'd say Kean as far as a shot stopper goes is better than Robbo but overall i feel safer with more experienced hands in the goal.[/p][/quote]If a team playes football the keeper doesn't need to be able to kick a ball 40yrds or take free kicks, when was the last time you saw Victor Valdes take a free kick from the half way line, Kean should carry on doing what he is paid for stopping shots, Robbo did a great job and I thank him for his loyal service but time moves on, he is past it and too fat, he will do well at west Ham. LanghoRover
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8:28pm Fri 4 Jan 13

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Not sure why Kean got his chance I think there must be a lot more to this than meets the eye. Robbo has been a cracking keeper for us as far as I concern. Maybe not as good as Brad in a crowded area but a lot better than Brad at kicking especially when having to dash out and I thought Brad was poor at that. I would go as far to say Robbo has been the best kicker overall during the many years I have watched Rovers and I for one will be sorry to see him go. Anyway a good opportunity for the young Kean who has not let his team down so far. Championship is a good place to learn etc.
Not sure why Kean got his chance I think there must be a lot more to this than meets the eye. Robbo has been a cracking keeper for us as far as I concern. Maybe not as good as Brad in a crowded area but a lot better than Brad at kicking especially when having to dash out and I thought Brad was poor at that. I would go as far to say Robbo has been the best kicker overall during the many years I have watched Rovers and I for one will be sorry to see him go. Anyway a good opportunity for the young Kean who has not let his team down so far. Championship is a good place to learn etc. A Rover 45 years and over
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11:05pm Fri 4 Jan 13

handyamBRFC says...

Dear Mr Gary B...
ok....back to the footy.....!!!

I think most of us know which players are moving on at BRFC.
But who do we want in playing....!!

I'm sure we know a player or two out there in the Football leagues who in their opinion good be a good player for BRFC.

Lets start pointing out the good players who could be good signings for Rovers.

Liverpool reserves.....
Player name:Jon Flanagan
Date of birth:21 Jan 1993
Nationality:English
Position:Defender

livepl res
Player name:Jack Robinson
Date of birth:1 Sep 1993
Nationality:English
Position:Defender

stoke
Player name:Wilson Palacios
Date of birth:29 Jul 1984
Nationality:Hondura
Position:Midfielder

A villa
Player name:Ron Vlaar
Date of birth:16 Feb 1985
Nationality:Dutch
Position:Defender

WBA
Player name:Graham Dorrans
Date of birth:5 May 1987
Nationality:Scottis
Position:Midfielder

and also consider...
Tony McMahon Shfld utd
Andrew Haliday Midbrgh

if we need a good young defender who is tough and has ability then maybe you should consider some of the above.

have a look...!!
I think we should go for some of these

or maybe you have some in mind...!!!
Dear Mr Gary B... ok....back to the footy.....!!! I think most of us know which players are moving on at BRFC. But who do we want in playing....!! I'm sure we know a player or two out there in the Football leagues who in their opinion good be a good player for BRFC. Lets start pointing out the good players who could be good signings for Rovers. Liverpool reserves..... Player name:Jon Flanagan Date of birth:21 Jan 1993 Nationality:English Position:Defender livepl res Player name:Jack Robinson Date of birth:1 Sep 1993 Nationality:English Position:Defender stoke Player name:Wilson Palacios Date of birth:29 Jul 1984 Nationality:Hondura Position:Midfielder A villa Player name:Ron Vlaar Date of birth:16 Feb 1985 Nationality:Dutch Position:Defender WBA Player name:Graham Dorrans Date of birth:5 May 1987 Nationality:Scottis Position:Midfielder and also consider... Tony McMahon Shfld utd Andrew Haliday Midbrgh if we need a good young defender who is tough and has ability then maybe you should consider some of the above. have a look...!! I think we should go for some of these or maybe you have some in mind...!!! handyamBRFC
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12:47am Sat 5 Jan 13

greenscreener says...

Theres a spanish lad in the youth team at Burnley, Juan Calotte, they say he's a long throw specialist wih really strong wrists.
Theres a spanish lad in the youth team at Burnley, Juan Calotte, they say he's a long throw specialist wih really strong wrists. greenscreener
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3:19pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Brfc2013 says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Not sure why Kean got his chance I think there must be a lot more to this than meets the eye. Robbo has been a cracking keeper for us as far as I concern. Maybe not as good as Brad in a crowded area but a lot better than Brad at kicking especially when having to dash out and I thought Brad was poor at that. I would go as far to say Robbo has been the best kicker overall during the many years I have watched Rovers and I for one will be sorry to see him go. Anyway a good opportunity for the young Kean who has not let his team down so far. Championship is a good place to learn etc.
"Maybe not are good as Bradin a crowded area"? Brad was better than Robinson in every single area of the game , by a considerable margin as well.
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Not sure why Kean got his chance I think there must be a lot more to this than meets the eye. Robbo has been a cracking keeper for us as far as I concern. Maybe not as good as Brad in a crowded area but a lot better than Brad at kicking especially when having to dash out and I thought Brad was poor at that. I would go as far to say Robbo has been the best kicker overall during the many years I have watched Rovers and I for one will be sorry to see him go. Anyway a good opportunity for the young Kean who has not let his team down so far. Championship is a good place to learn etc.[/p][/quote]"Maybe not are good as Bradin a crowded area"? Brad was better than Robinson in every single area of the game , by a considerable margin as well. Brfc2013
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