Kean out to spoil Cats party

Kean believes that the weight of expectation will be on Martin

O’Neill’s new side, and that it could work in Rovers’ favour. Kean

said: “There will be massive expectation on Sunderland, such is the

way in that area of the country where the supporters are fanatical.

“I think their fans will be expecting that something is going to

happen this weekend so there will be big pressure on them. “There

is an expectation now Martin has gone in there and the fans will

immediately be thinking there’s going to be a change in the way

they play. “I certainly think there will be an excitement and a

buzz about the place but we’ve just got to go and do our own

business.” Blackburn achieved only their second league win of the

season last week when four goals from Yakubu secured a 4-2 victory

over Swansea and Kean said the target of escaping the relegation

zone should inspire his players on Sunday. He added: “If we win

this game we go out of the bottom three and above Sunderland so

that’s a fantastic carrot to be dangled in front of the players and

they are aware of that. “It would continue the momentum and we

could then focus on two massive home games against West Brom and

Bolton, then going into a tough Christmas period, so it’s a great

incentive. “Last week was the first three points in a block of

games where we feel we can pick up points, what we have to do now

is continue to work on the defensive side. “If we can keep all the

defenders fit that could be the key and with the amount of chances

we are scoring and making that would be good combination.” Kean,

who met the club board this week to discuss transfer targets, said

he was looking for experienced players to shore up the squad in

January. He added: “We are looking in all areas of the pitch but we

have enough up-and-coming young players so we need to add a bit of

experience.”