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Kean rues Rovers luck

On a heartbreaking night at Ewood Park Rovers manager Steve Kean expressed that all the major decisions were correct - except the final one.

Rovers fell to a 3-2 loss in the final minute of the game after an Andy Carroll header broke the home faithful's hearts but in the build up to the goal an infringement took place which was not spotted by the referee.

It's a hard life down the bottom and last night was a cruel reminder of that cliched observation.

The Rovers boss told Radio Rovers - 'It is a cruel one to take because we've done well to get back in the game considering we've missed a penalty.'

'I can understand why the referee hasn't sent off the second goalkeeper because maybe Yakubu's touch is taking the ball back towards a Liverpool player so we'll live with that one.

'But we feel that there was a blatant foul on Grant Hanley on their last goal. Grant is in a bit of a skirmish with Skrtel, he's tried to get back up and he's pulled to the floor by Skrtel and therefore he can't get back up to get to the centre of the goal.

'It ends up with Agger heading it to Carroll to a place where Hanley would have been. I've seen it a number of times and it is a blatant foul.

'That has cost us a point, a point that would have taken us up a couple of places such as how close it is at the bottom.'

'The sending off on Junior is obvious, the second one can go either way as Yakubu is going away from goal. But the linesman has to see a blatant foul, there is no way a defender is going to remain on the floor, he's tried to get back up and he's pulled back down and it has cost us.'

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 11 2012

Time: 9:32AM

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Absolutely gutted after last night, at 2-2 I personally felt there was only one winner...
Mikey Delap
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11/04/2012 09:35:00

*Dave* rues having Kean as manager.
*Dave*
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11/04/2012 10:11:00

Fuming. Couple of things from that. - Rochina looked off the pace when he came on for me, little wonder I suppose. - Junior may be greedy but we rarely look like scoring without him being involved. - Ref may have bottled it a couple of times (Flanagan 2nd yellow, Jones penalty but no red) but if you can't put your penalties away you deserve what you get. - Not that it's a galloping shock to anyone but Kenny is a classless grouchy hypocrite. At the end of the day we've lost at home to the worst Liverpool first XI I think I've ever seen and if we don't get our act together and start keeping clean sheets between now and May then we're toast.
theirishrover
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11/04/2012 10:28:00

Nothing to do with luck. All to do with not being good enough, passionate enough, bothered enough. I don't know how much more of this rubbish I can take.
rossp2112
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11/04/2012 11:22:00

Gutted. How did we not come away with 3 points? There for the taking and again we get caught with a sucker punch in the last minute. Its not all "bad luck, or bad decissions" this has been all season long. We need to learn to defend. Everyone in the ground could see the threat in the last few minutes except our manager and team.
Wiggle150
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11/04/2012 11:41:00

It is not bad luck. it is the inept manager that we have to put up with. Against the worst Liverpool team in recent times and against ten men why did we not play two wingers(Hoilet and Martin Olson) and two strikers (the Yak and Goodwillie). This would have taken the game to Liverpool and made them defend instead of letting them break every time we lost the ball because we did not have enough men up front to give the ball to. No good crying about the situation now, get out the route map to the Championship and start looking for a competent manager now.
Ewoodrover
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11/04/2012 12:47:00

No bad luck involved at all IMO... We were awarded two penalties and were playing against ten men for over an hour amongst arguably the worst Liverpool side i've witnessed since the PL began. Our defending was pathetic for all their goals and Dann looks out of his depth without a senior CB next to him. We never looked like a team organised to beat Liverpool from the start. We were given a lifeline with the sending off but still managed to blow it in typical Kean/ Rovers fashion. Also, why Kean plays Formica on the wing is beyond me as well when we have Rochina and Vukcevic rotting on the sidelines every week. He was a none entity for the majority of time he was on the pitch.
Rye_of_the_Rovers
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11/04/2012 14:57:00

Skertl ALWAYS holds opponents in the boxes (at either end) . How he gets away with it i cannot say. Anyway, i think it was written in your stars when the poultry farmers decided to take over your club. I have nothing against their country of origin, i am an Indian myself based in India. But from poultry to football ??? Crazy coots, i say..
ZeeNut
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12/04/2012 09:59:00

 

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