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Keeper Kean hails Blackburn Rovers’ cup defence
BLACKBURN Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean believes Scott Dann and Grant Hanley have been “monumental” for the club as they look to secure their spot at Wembley.
Kean has yet to concede a goal in the FA Cup this season ahead of tomorrow’s quarter final replay at home to Millwall and he believes a lot of the credit should be given to the players in front of him.
He said: “Grant and Scott have been monumental. They head everything, they kick everything and they are two proper centre defenders who just love tackling.
“They have been very good. I know Grant really well, having played with him in the youth team and there is just a good atmosphere about the place.
“I wasn’t really troubled on Saturday. They pumped the ball in the box whatever chance they got but I think when you are letting Shittu shoot from the halfway line, you have cracked it.
“I felt confident in myself, as I was rarely troubled and it was just the Danny Shittu shot or clearance or whatever you want to call it. I felt comfortable in myself and the back four.”
Rovers know victory over their Championship rivals at Ewood Park tomorrow night will secure a Wembley semi final against Wigan – something Kean is desperate to make happen.
He said: “We always knew it was going to be a battle going to Millwall. But the lads performed admirably and we are still in the hat.
“It was everything you expect going into an FA Cup quarter final at a hostile place. The crowd was unbelievable, our fans were fantastic, singing throughout. It was a different experience to anything I have ever been involved in.
“It is massive for me personally, being young and English and knowing what the FA Cup is all about.
“I wouldn’t say we are favourites, not by any stretch of the imagination, with it being a cup tie. You could have said we were favourites against Peterborough but we were 3-0 down in 27 minutes.”