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Our belief is so strong, says Blackburn Rovers keeper
BLACKBURN Rovers will come back stronger than ever from their defeat to Wigan, insists goalkeeper Jake Kean.
The Rovers players were left crushed by the late loss at the DW Stadium but Kean is convinced it will only serve to strengthen the growing bond between them.
He is also sure it will not have a long-lasting impact on their push for the play-offs.
Rovers have two weeks to stew on the 2-1 reverse as they are without a match this weekend.
But Kean said it will be out of their minds long before the end of the international break.
“If anything it is going to bring the lads closer together,” said the 22-year-old.
“We pulled together, blocked and headed everything for the team. It’s only going to galvanise us going forward.”
Rovers played more than an hour of Sunday’sderby with 10 men after stand-in skipper Grant Hanley was sent off by referee Stuart Attwell.
Kean did not see the incident but confirmed Hanley was ‘distraught’ by his dismissal.
The Scotland international defender has since apologised for his actions.
But the former England Under-20s international did see the foul Jordan Rhodes was alleged to have given away in the lead up to Wigan’s winner.
Kean has no doubts Attwell got it wrong.
He said: “When you get to that late in the game you always think you’ve done well enough to get a point.
“It was a dubious decision to award a free kick against Jordan Rhodes when he only had eyes for the ball and didn’t know what was going on – it was scandalous to be honest.
“I think the crowd and the people were on the ref’s back.
“I’m not saying that’s what swayed him but you never know whether it has or hasn’t.”
Rovers return to action at home to struggling Charlton Athletic on Saturday week.
Matt Kilgallon is set to start as Hanley spends the next three games on the sidelines through suspension.
Kilgallon made his full debut against the Latics after captain Scott Dann was ruled out with a minor groin injury.
The former Sunderland man’s performance, especially after his centre back partner was red-carded, impressed goalkeeper Kean.
He said of Kilgallon: “I thought he was brilliant and defended brilliantly.
“He was a really solid and steady figure. He was fantastic.”
Both of the goals Rovers conceded on Sunday came from set-pieces but Kean did not attach any blame to his makeshift defence.
He said: “I thought the lads were magnificent for an hour defending with 10 men.
“We must have defended countless set-pieces but it’s the law of averages with that many balls coming into your box you’re always liable to concede.”
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