Blackburn v West Brom reaction

The pressure increased on Kean once again as Rovers were beaten 2-1

by West Brom at Ewood Park thanks to Peter Odemwingie’s 89th-minute

strike. It was the first home match for several months at which the

Scot did not have to endure organised protests against him from

Blackburn fans but they still made their unhappiness known, with

chants of ‘Kean Out’ ringing out around the ground after

Odemwingie’s goal. Rovers have won only twice in the Premier League

this term and seven times in the top-flight in total since Kean was

appointed manager by club owners Venky’s a year ago this week. They

remain 19th in the table and the 44-year-old knows that if the

team’s fortunes do not change soon, his tenure might not last much

longer. Told that he had received the sympathies of Albion head

coach Roy Hodgson, Kean said: “It’s nice to hear support from

people, but I’m not here just to get support – I need to get

points. “I’m under no illusions that my job is based on us being in

a much better position than where we are now. “But I’ll make sure I

prepare the team right and that we show some courage, get on the

ball and get some points in the coming games.” Referring to the way

Blackburn supporters had reacted to the visitors’ winner, Kean said

he could understand the way they felt. He remains adamant he can

turn things around for Rovers, though, and is already firmly

focused on Tuesday’s crunch home clash with rock-bottom Bolton.

“The crowd, like the staff and players, are disappointed,” he said.

“I think we all feel the same – we want to win at home and get

ourselves out of the position we are in, so I can understand why

the fans are not happy – nobody is happy. “We are disappointed

today, but we look forward to playing Bolton because we feel as

though we can turn it around. “I have a good dressing room and when

things are said, they (the players) take it on the chin. “They

respond, they back each other up, and we’ll have to do that on

Tuesday. “We want to be getting the last-minute goal and going home

with everyone happy. “But it wasn’t to be and we just have to make

sure everyone is smiling on Tuesday evening.” Kean – who insists he

has the full backing of the owners and no intention of resigning –

had had high hopes of taking all three points, but it was a

disappointing performance from his side. Blackburn fell behind in

the 52nd minute when they failed to properly deal with a corner and

James Morrison smashed a volley past Paul Robinson. Scott Dann

scrambled in an equaliser with 18 minutes to go, but Albion

deservedly claimed victory when Odemwingie danced around several

men before sending a beauty into the corner of the net. While

seeing his side move up to 13th, Hodgson offered his support to his

opposite number. The 64-year-old lost his job as Blackburn boss in

the 1990s and does not want to see the same thing happen to Kean.

“He is showing a lot of dignity,” Hodgson said. “I always stand

behind managers in these situations. “I think it is too easy to try

and put all the ills of a football club’s playing staff down to one

man. It is often a lot more complicated than that. “It is not my

business what Blackburn Rovers do, but if Steve does lose his job,

I will feel very sorry for him.”