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Players on the mend to halt defensive worries

Rovers manager Steve Kean continued his love affair with the interviewer by telling us in his now seemingly daily update that Rovers are due to welcome back more senior players ahead of the game with Chelsea at the weekend.

Rovers have been without more experienced heads like Dave Dunn (who was back at the weekend), Michel Salgado, Ryan Nelsen and Scott Dann for a few games now and Kean believes their return will bring some steel to the back four and to the defensive side of Rovers game.

Rovers have let two goal leads slip in the last two games with a slump against Newcastle in the Carling Cup and a blast of misfortune at Norwich on Saturday.

But wiser heads means wiser times on the pitch according to Kean.

The Rovers boss told the Lancashire Telegraph - "The players aren`t scared. What we need to know is sometimes with a young team, we might just need to see it out a bit better.

"I am screaming at them to get it in the corners and we might get a free kick or a throw in and run the clock down. Maybe that is something we have to look at when we go ahead.

"We have got Dunny on the pitch, he hasn`t got 100 per cent fitness yet, but we need players like Dunny, Ryan Nelsen, Michel Salgado and Scott Dann.

"These players have played the game and near the end would be able to help us take the sting out of it.

"Maybe we paid the penalty for too many waves of attack towards the end of the game because we are still trying to score another goal."

The manager also insisted that Rovers will not hoof their way out of trouble as the on the deck style of play which has bought about mixed reviews so far will continue as it suits players like Junior Hoilett and Ruben Rochina.

Steve Kean, microphone snogger continued - "We are going to keep playing because that is the way our players are and that is what we are best at.

"I don`t think if you have Formica, Rochina and Hoilett, then those type of guys are going to be all about tackles and scrapping.

"It is about trying to get the ball, trying to get it wide and get a two versus one situation. That is the way we play.

"People have been saying we are conceding too many goals and I would agree with that, but the two Norwich goals were fortunate.

"I don`t think anyone can aim anything but praise at the way the lads are playing for each other. We are a tight group and we will go again against Chelsea."

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 1 2011

Time: 11:01AM

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Will be nice to see more players back in the fold. But out of the four of them who should get back in the side?
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01/11/2011 11:03:00

salgado should be defo be back in, his quality and experience will help the younger players, plus players like formica and rochina speak spanish, so he may be able to get across complicated messages to them that steve kean can't. like 'score' and 'defend'
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01/11/2011 11:42:00

My team for Chelsea would be Robbo, Lowe, Samba, Dann, Givet, Nzonzi, Peds, Hoilett, Rochina, Olssen, Yakubu. I personally like havin pace on both wings and believe that it would counteract Chelsea's attacking fullbacks. A bench of Bunn, Salgado (needs more time), Hanley, Dunn, Formica, Goodie, Roberts. I personally like the way we have been playing. We were decent against Spurs (The difference being VDV), Newcastle's result against Stoke shows how well played against them and I can express no words to describe a) how unfortunate Norwich's second goal was and b) How diabolical Norwich's penalty decision was!
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01/11/2011 12:54:00

"We are going to keep playing because that is the way our players are and that is what we are best at." Lord, I'd hate to see what we're worst at!
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01/11/2011 13:08:00

Steve Kean, microphone snogger - LOL............."I am screaming at them to get it in the corners and we might get a free kick or a throw in and run the clock down. Maybe that is something we have to look at when we go ahead." - So when we go ahead after 15mins expect us to be hitting the corners for the remainder as Keans new tactics come to forefront.
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01/11/2011 13:46:00

sorry, i really don't think we have a style to speak of as a team at the moment, i would say most of our goals come from "accidental offense"...
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01/11/2011 15:26:00

Good to know we've got players coming back but I don't know that any of them should be starting - with the exception of Dann if he's 100%.
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01/11/2011 18:00:00

Please not Dunn. Stick with the new players, they were very unfortunate with bad refereeing decisions last Saturday. They now have that experience of loosing a two goal lead, the only way for them to become more experienced is to keep selecting them. Kean has been unlucky with results against Everton, QPR and Norwich. I know that it's a big 'IF' but if we had those 6 points, we would be 10th now. Then again IF his team selection and substitutions had been better, we could have been into the top half
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02/11/2011 02:30:00

we where unlucky not to get a point when we played everton.. but we shot ourselfs in the foot by missing the 2 spot kicks. IMO Qpr matched us.. and their goal was very poor. Salgado moves off the back post after we have 'Half' cleard the ball.. they float the ball back into where he was standing and it goes all the way.. But i agree, the norwich game was a hard one to take :/ ..but considering a couple of nights before we let a 2-0 lead slip in a couple of mins, i cant say i was that suprised :p I think we have missed the nelsen/samba partnership...
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