Kean: We must minimise mistakes

Kean and his squad have sat through DVDs of the opening two losses

– a 2-1 home defeat to Wolves and Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at Aston

Villa – that has left without them without a point and one off the

bottom of the Premier League in the early stages. Disgruntled fans

have besieged messageboards frustrated with Kean and Rovers,

although the Scot has made steps to appease matters. Kean has

completed the signing of Montenegro winger Simon Vukcevic, is close

to bringing in FC Dallas centre-back George John, and is also

hoping to add another striker this week. Ahead of what has become a

must-win Carling Cup second-round tie with Sheffield Wednesday at

Ewood Park on Wednesday night, Kean gave an honest assessment of

his side’s opening to the campaign. “It’s not been a good start,”

he said. “The results are there staring us in the face. “But when

you look back at the two games there has not been a lot between the

sides, first Wolves and then Aston Villa. “I’ve been through the

DVDs with the lads, and it’s about details, minimising the

mistakes, which have cost us, and looking to better exploit

weaknesses. “At the end of the day we have to put the ball in the

back of the net when half chances are there. “It’s now very

important we win this game with Wednesday. It’s a competition we

want to take seriously, and I think we’ve enough fit players to put

out a strong side that will get us a victory.” Birmingham showed

last season that an unfancied team can stun the big boys as the

Blues did in beating Arsenal in the final. Serving as an

inspiration, Kean said: “You can go all the way. Why not?

“Providing you get a draw that’s kind, if you put out a decent

side, you take the competition seriously and you motivate the

players.” Kean knows not to underestimate the Owls who, although

they have lost both away games in League One this season at

Bournemouth and Bury, beat Blackpool on penalties in the last

round. “I saw that game, and they’re a big powerful side that will

try to get forward early,” added Kean. “They’re very direct,

they’re good on set plays, and it will be a tough game for us.”

Centre-back Gael Givet will make his first appearance of the season

after missing the opening two games through illness, with captain

Ryan Nelsen making way after only just returning from knee surgery.

Kean will make other changes, with the likes of goalkeeper Mark

Bunn, defender Bruno Ribeiro and midfielders Radosav Petrovic and

Jason Lowe likely to start.