Kean certain of Rovers survival

Kean’s team are bottom of the table and the Scot has been the

subject of a prolonged supporters’ campaign for his removal. The

situation reached its nadir as Kean suffered a torrent of abuse

during and after a loss to fellow strugglers Bolton last week. Yet

Kean maintains that he has the full backing of owners Venky’s and,

after lifting spirits with a draw at Liverpool yesterday, is now

making plans for January signings. When asked if he and the team

were confident of survival, Kean told Sky Sports News: “Of course

we are, absolutely no question. “I believe even now, with our

injuries, we can go back and look at some real tough decisions. “I

know everybody can do this but we can go back and look at a

last-minute penalty against Norwich, a last-minute penalty against

Everton. “There have been a number of games where we have just

fallen the wrong side of decisions. “I think we should already have

six or seven more points, even though we have got so many defenders

out injured. “We are really confident if we have a good (transfer)

window, which I am sure we will, and get these defenders back, then

we will really fly out of the blocks in the second part of the

season.” Rovers are currently without goalkeeper Paul Robinson and

defenders Ryan Nelsen, Scott Dann, Gael Givet and Martin Olsson

through injury. In their absence back-up keeper Mark Bunn and

17-year-old defender Adam Henley caught the eye at Anfield – both

making vital late stops – and Kean believes the adversity

surrounding the club has inspired players. He said: “We have got a

tight group. Sometimes when you get a lot of injuries it brings the

group together. “Obviously we have been on the wrong end of a bit

of negative feedback from a certain element of the fans, but I

think what the fans will have seen yesterday – those fans at

Anfield – was the lads were desperate for points, desperate for

each other. “We are all desperate to do well and for the club to

get out of the position we are in.” Kean has coped well with the

abuse he has received so far and is determined not to be beaten by

his detractors. He said: “It is part of your job. When you win you

get all the plaudits and I always like to give that back to the

players. “Then if you get a bit of stick, I have got broad

shoulders and I will take that. It is not a problem.”