Kean rushes to Hanley defence

Under-fire referee Mark Clattenburg deemed that the 19-year-old

centre-half had pulled back Fulham’s Aaron Hughes from a

last-minute corner on Saturday. It seemed a harsh decision but

Bobby Zamora rubbed salt into the wounds by converting the

spot-kick to give Fulham a 3-2 victory at Craven Cottage. That

condemned Rovers to a fourth defeat from their last five league

games, leaving them one point above the drop zone. But Kean was

quick to defend Hanley, who was making just his sixth Premier

League start. “He has played well, he is a good player and he is

getting better week-in and week-out,” the Rovers boss told the

Lancashire Telegraph. “To play against these type of strikers, he

has dealt with it well. “He has a bright future and it is a tough

one for Grant. “But we have to respect if the referee thinks he has

got him in an aggressive manner.”