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Rovers slip doesn't worry manager

Despite Rovers abject performance on Saturday it seems that everyone bar the manager is now getting just a shade worried.

Rovers weren't terrible but were very, very far from excellent on Saturday and despite nullifying Everton well and Ruben Rochina looking good on full debut it was only heading one way after the first goal went in... something the steely Scot acknowledges.

Kean told the Daily Mail - 'I don't think it was a worrying performance. The overall performance was of two totally different halves. We were by far the better in the first and they were the better in the second.'

'I think whoever was going to get the first goal today was always going to be in the box seat.

'That fell to Everton today and that was disappointing.'

Kean even feels that the game could have had a totally different outcome if the away side had exploited the space being offered by the Toffees defence.

Kean added - 'We felt because Everton were defending quite high there was lots of space behind Leighton Baines and Tony Hibbert.

'We felt we could exploit that - play the ball back into midfield and then quickly get beyond them and play a penetrating pass.

'But then obviously when the goal went in, that changes the outlook of the game.'

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 18 2011

Time: 9:04AM

Your Comments

I am glad he is remaining calm but the lack of any sort of urgency in his talk is worrying to me!!!
Mikey Delap
Well with only 2 points off relegation now, what is there to worry about?!
FreidelNo.1
It wasn't a worrying performance?! He can't keep saying we were better up until the opponent scores because thats useless if we can't hit a barn door, or even get a shot off. The longer we keep Kalinic off the pitch and Roque on it the closer we get to the drop. At least against Citeh he can't play, but then we will probs put Roberts up front on his own. Some of the decisions Kean makes are totally baffling!
fransavarese
I think he needs to get real. He needs to show these players that if we carry on like this we will go down but he's dressing it up like we were unlucky when we never really looked like winning this game. I've given the man a chance which I thought he deserved but we're having our worst run since the 80's... THAT'S HOW BAD IT IS MR KEAN!! so start banging heads together, drop the sherkers and dead weights just do whatever it needs to get us another 6 pts at least.
ITSALLROVER
I'm afraid our manager has lost it. He started out with the intention of playing expansive attacking football that would be good to watch. This was inconsistent but tended to work. West Brom away (Kalinic scored twice) and home. Liverpool at home and though the result was disappointing, Spurs at home. Then came the pivatol game at Wigan where we cruised to a 1 0 lead playing lovely football but then became complacent and were over run before rallying too late. Panic set in and that awful 0 0 aginst Newcastle followed. OK we seemed to be set up in 442 formation but in effect it was an 8 2 with the strikers isolated. This was followed by a revertion to 4 5 1 at Villa where our saviour was supposed to be Keith Andrewa with Grella as a defensive mid field guardian. Utter disaster followed but 4 5 1 in various guises has followed. Apart from Arsenal this hasn't worked. Surely draws against Blackpool and Birmingham could have been averted by the team and/or formation which played so well earlier on. Even a win and a loss in those two games would have been better than draws. Obviously the defensive approach failed yet again at Everton - there was no real attacking intent even at 1 0 down - and it will fail again v City. Please can someone persuade Kean to give it a go. Better to go down fighting than with a wimper and just perhaps a more attacking approach would produce one more "Liverpool" performance that might just save us. Finally, RSC must be put out to grass. He is frightened of running flat out in case his hamstring goes, frightened of jumpimg or diving in case his knees go and scared to death of a tackle in case his ankles go. A non running, jumpimg, challenging striker is not much use
docrover
stopping fooling yourself, kean...
DommyWalker
Better team in first half at Everton and we deserved to be 1 nil up at half time he said....... How can come to that conclusion when we didnt have a shot on goal? He is out of his depth and is on borrowed time, and after rovers he will be unemployable, Can't see him ever being a manager elsewhere and he may if he goes gracefuly perhaps get a job on someone's training ground but the longer this circus continues the more he becomes a laughing stock
glen9mullan
Even the Lancs Telegraph writers are saying his comments are embarrassing!
Mikey Delap
 

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