Kean finds training release

BY foxsports • April 7, 2011

Rovers are embroiled in a scrap for Premier League survival, lying just two points above the bottom three despite a worthy point at Arsenal last weekend. With seven matches remaining the stakes will get even higher - Blackburn face a crucial home game with fellow strugglers Birmingham on Saturday - and for some of those involved the tension will become unbearable. But instead of trying to find a distraction from it all to take his mind off things, even for a short while, Kean prefers to immerse himself in analysis and planning. "I find my escape on the training ground when we do sessions," he said. "It is difficult if you don't get a result and you are at home looking at the table or analysing what you would have done differently. "You start looking at every player and giving them a mark out of 10 or asking whether your substitutions were right or could you have done something different. "But if it has been positive you can't not analyse it then, you have to say 'Why did that work?' and continue to improve on it. "That's why I think my release is always back on the training ground." Kean has been given more grounds for optimism after they battled to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium last week despite having Steven Nzonzi sent off in the second half. The Rovers boss has spelled out to his players that, with a virtually fully-fit squad, they cannot afford to be picking up suspensions at such a crucial time of the season. But it was the strength they showed in adversity against the Gunners which lifted Kean. "We are feeling very positive because of the manner in which we got the point," he added. "We went down to 10 men and asked the players on the pitch to do their own job and a bit of Steven's and we saw a record amount of sprint distances in our statistics. "We are working on the training ground, we are preparing well and making sure all the players understand their tasks. "We also have to work closely with the medical staff to try to get the squad as fit as possible so that gives me a headache as to what team I pick. "Our squad is healthy at the moment: we have one suspension because of Nzonzi's red card at Arsenal so we want to keep those numbers available. "We've had David Dunn and Phil Jones come back in the last couple of weeks so if we can keep that squad together then we have fantastic options. "The lads know about not getting sent off."

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