Kean: Rovers can match City stars

City travel to Blackburn looking for victory as they seek to secure

Champions League football for the first time while Rovers are

desperate for points to avoid relegation. Rovers have abandoned

their renowned direct approach since Sam Allardyce was sacked and

replaced by Kean in December but he admits it is now a case of win

at all costs. “It’s lovely to win and play nice football but at

this stage of the game it’s about winning,” said Kean. “We have

only lost once in almost four months at home, since I have become

manager, so Ewood is going to be a tough place for any team to

come. “City will be looking for three points too and we have to be

up and at them straight away, don’t let them settle.” Kean insists

he does not envy the resources available to City’s Roberto Mancini.

He said: “We have a good group of players too and I’ve never moaned

that we have no depth. Anytime we’ve asked the owners to dip into

their pockets and get wages out for loan players or go to other

parts of the world and invest in young players for the future they

have done that. “They [City] have had massive investment very

quickly, the way we are going to invest is going to be slower over

a longer period and I’m sure the owners will back the overall

improvement and expansion of the club.” Ryan Nelsen and Vince

Grella are injured for Rovers and Steven Nzonzi serves the last

match of a three-game suspension. Roque Santa Cruz, meanwhile, is

unavailable against his parent club. Junior Hoilett, however, the

20-year-old Canada-born striker, should be back after missing the

defeat at Everton with a hamstring problem.