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Kean calls on Rovers to become ruthless
STEVE Kean admits Blackburn Rovers have to be more “ruthless” after throwing away a two-goal lead on Saturday – but insists two refereeing blunders were where the real blame lay.
Ruben Rochina’s sublime 84th minute back heel salvaged Rovers a point in the thrilling 3-3 draw at Elland Road as they maintained their unbeaten start to the Championship campaign.
Earlier, Rovers had raced into a 2-0 lead through Markus Olsson’s first goal for the club and a clinical strike from Nuno Gomes but a defensive collapse saw Leeds turn it round to lead 3-2 – with Rovers insistent two goals should not have been allowed.
Centre back Gael Givet will have x-rays on a suspected fractured foot bone today, while his defensive partner Scott Dann will have a hamstring strain assessed, after limping off just 10 minutes into the game.
Kean said: “We need to be more ruthless and we need to take the sting out of games but I don’t think you can legislate too much for the goal that gets them back in the game – it is a foul. If we go in 2-0, it is a totally different game.
“We are disappointed because we were excellent and we feel a big turning point was a blatant foul on Paul Robinson.
“Then they got their tails up.
“Certainly the second goal Gael is nudged in the back, I think it is Becchio, great finish but we feel as though that was a foul too. There were big turning points in the game and we feel we were on the wrong end of a couple.”
Kean was left concerned by the manner of Rovers’ second half collapse though as his side struggled to cope with Leeds’ aerial bombardment.
But was left satisfied with a points return of eight points from four games ahead of next weekend’s international break.
“We are very concerned defensively in the second half,” he said. “Not only long straight balls but the wide free kicks that were coming in, we felt we were far too open so we will be drilling the players on that.
“We feel as though Paul Robinson was not getting any protection at the back post, we were too open, the spaces were too big and we were letting Leeds United players run through what should be a very, very tight zone.
“We are disappointed with that but we will work on it until we can it much better. When Grant came on I thought he did very well, Gael Givet probably should have come off – he took an injection because he might have cracked a bone on his foot.
“He stayed on and Grant wobbled his knee. Everyone was digging in, we have come to a really, really tough venue and we have come back and nicked a point and dug in there. It is four games unbeaten and a good return.”
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