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Kean sacks the Cup off for League

Rovers boss Steve Kean has explained to the fans that last night's Carling Cup game was prioritised below that of Saturday's clash with Swansea.

Kean's comments are unlikely to appease many after a dismal 2-0 quarter final exit at Cardiff last night in a game where the right team undoubtedly won after Steve Kean picked a line up that was experimental at best.

Kean's told the BBC - 'We are in a position where we have forfeited going through and having the chance to reach a cup final.

'We have games against sides within touching distance of us in the league.

'We need to treat those games as cup finals.'

The Rovers boss picked a side that included fringe players Nick Blackman, Radosav Petrovic and David Goodwillie and omitted several returning first team players such as Chris Samba, Martin Olsson and Ryan Nelsen.

Kean revealed that all of them could have played but decided the wise thing to do would be to rest them up for the league games as they are pivotal to Rovers season.

Kean continued - 'They could have played at a push and if we had been in a slightly different position in the league. We have Swansea coming up so I made five changes and left those lads behind.

'We wanted to make sure we have those lads available for Saturday. Saturday has to kick-start our season.'

I would love to know what last night's travelling fans think of these comments?!

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 30 2011

Time: 9:49AM

Your Comments

I am sure a lot of fans would say things like "the Carling Cup is not important, let's concentrate on the league". But to actually admit to the forfeit? Oh deary me...
Mikey Delap
Well well well. As much as i hate seeing our team lose, i must say in a wierd sort of way the fact that we lost is a 'win-win' type of situation. Now of course it would be lovely to have progressed to the semi-finals of a cup competition, at the same time we would face one of liverpool, man city and (most probably united). the fact that the semi's are played over 2 legs would have given us an even less chance of progressing - had it been a one-off game anything could have happened. I think we would have got battered over 2 legs had we progressed, and could you imagine what that would have done to an already under confident side??? The other thing is that this piles more pressure on the manager. Losing to a championship side would surely not please the owners. So i think, all in all it was a good thing we lost yesterday, cos even with a 'fringe' team we should have still beaten a team one division below us - and im sure the Venky's are fully aware of that.
LondonRover
Lets hope the authorities investigate him for those comments.. 'throwing a game' surely that has to be a punishable offence by the Football League.
Waggy Waggy Wagstaff
Cardiff up... Blackburn GAWN
TeddyLyon
Venky's, the under-fire owners who acquired Rovers from the Jack Walker trust in a 23million deal 12 months ago, have failed to pay off any of the 21m debt they inherited... Anyone read that in the paper? So much for venkys taking on our debt. ive had enough now, its not kean who is the problem for the mess were in now its the venkys... Venkys OUT!!!!!
marshinrover
Marshinrover - I am amazed that it took you this long to reach that conclusion!
FreidelNo.1
 

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