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Kean feeling like he got a kick in the teeth

After the heartbreaking defeat to Manchester City on Monday night Steve Kean reflected upon the game as a chance missed.

The players gave their all in the 1-0 defeat but missed out due to a lack of cutting edge... but not lack of desire.

The Rovers boss felt the players were hard done after a great effort but once again the wrong result to go alongside it.

Kean told the Sky Sports crew - 'I feel very hard done by. I don't like to moan about referees but we feel their goal was offside with [Mario] Balotelli standing in front of Paul Robinson.

'We felt we had a good shout for a penalty for a bump on Niko (Kalinic) but he probably made it hard for the referee by staying on his feet.

'Full credit to the lads, none of them have anything left. If we continue to approach the games like that we will put points on the table.'

It's a very rare occasion but he's pretty much hit the nail on the head.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 26 2011

Time: 10:06AM

Your Comments

Brave effort for sure and he may have a point about the goal!
Mikey Delap
didn't deserve to win when you only have one decent shot on target tho.. for all the effort in the world we won't win a game like that.
rover23
Roberts and Benjani wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now, don't score, don't win it's really quite simple. But as a hard working thinker I would of thought he would have sorted that bit out
blue_n_white99
I think if goals like that are too hard to call unless we go back to the old fashioned way of any player being offside is offside. The Kalinic incident was never a penalty IMO but Roberts was definitely tripped. If he had stumbled over after being kicked instead of going down so theatrically the ref might have gave us the penalty. So much diving going on these days their minds are already made up if you go down like a fairy.
ITSALLROVER
On the day we were great after the first 20 minutes and gave City a hard match despite us being out numbered in midfield. If we get the pen on Roberts or Roberts buries the simple header then maybe we could of grabbd all three points, but its worrying that once again the opposition keeper is called into action just once.However Robbo also had one of his quiter evenings
glen9mullan
What Mr Kean fails to mention is that our tactics played right into Citys hands from the get go. Why does he think we barely touched the ball for the first 30 mins of the game (29% vs 71% possession)? He played 442 against city which is stupid. They had a man advantage in the middle and all we could do was hoof it when he got hold of it. He should have gone 451 and made us tough to get through. I don't see how he can feel sick we got what we deserved and that was nothing. I really hope for a better showing vs Bolton.
Durks
I don't think we deserved a win but I thought we were good value for a point. Like some of the other comments mention, we had little of the ball and few chances, but I felt we did a fair old job on City. I thought that going with 4-4-2 was okay - but that the mix of Roberts and Benjani didn't give us much impact. For the record, Roberts was definitely tripped - thought so at the time, and know so having seen the replays. Yet another game with a bad decision going against us, but we can't feel sorry for ourselves - we need to get going again and show as much effort against Bolton. With a different two up top and Hoilett down the right, we might look a better proposition.
rossp2112
 

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