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Kean makes point to Venky’s with a draw
STEVE Kean has welcomed Venky’s visit to Portman Road on Saturday and insists they have seen “the first point of many” this season.
The Blackburn Rovers boss conceded his side had got too deep after the break, blaming that on bookings to Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu.
Co-owners Balaji Rao and Venkatesh Rao were watching the game at Ipswich with global advisor Shebby Singh and Kean believes they would have enjoyed what they saw.
Kean said: “Nice for the owners to see the first point of many.
“I’m sure it was nice for the owners to see the new players, that full credit to them they have invested heavily and strengthened the squad. I believe we have a great squad this season.
“The heat was a massive factor for both teams.
“The stats will show it was a high intensity game and the fitness levels of both sides were very high.
“I think this will be a very tough away ground to take points. I believe we have taken the first point of many this season. We will look forward to two home games.
“We will go home disappointed because we scored first. If it had gone the other way we would have seen it as a very good point.”
Kean meanwhile admits his Blackburn Rovers side were too deep in the second half of the 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town.
The Rovers boss believed yellow cards to Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu allowed the hosts to seize the initiative.
Kean said: “I think the two big factors in the game were the chance that falls to Colin when it narrowly goes over.
“If that goes in the game is dead and buried.
“Then what affected us getting a lot deeper is the cards for Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu.
“They found themselves in a difficult position because they can’t make a mistimed tackle.
“That stopped us putting pressure on the ball and we got a little bit deep and ended up giving away too many free kicks and too many penalty area entries.
“When the lads take a card they are reluctant to push in.
“In the first half there were lots of tackles and lots of inter-ceptions.
“We were left with the decision to change them or hold on and try and score a second, which we nearly did.
“Full credit to Ipswich I think they are an excellent side and this is a very difficult place to come.”
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