Kean calls for ruthless Rovers
Steve Kean hopes to see a more efficient performance from his Blackburn side at both ends of the pitch.
Last Updated: 11/02/11 4:57pm
Steve Kean hopes to see a more efficient performance from his Blackburn side at both ends of the pitch against Newcastle on Saturday.
The Rovers boss has seen his side win just two of the last six in the league, a poor run of form that is down in no small part to a failure to keep a clean sheet.
Sitting 11th in the league, Rovers have shipped eight goals in their last three games, four of which came in a narrow 4-3 defeat last time out at Wigan.
Kean will hope that his men can convert promising form into three points when they take on Newcastle at Ewood Park on Saturday.
"When you look back on our recent games it has been a little bit frustrating not to get anything out of them because we have played well," said Kean.
"We know the areas of the pitch we need to work on: we have been predominantly working on finishing, obviously, and defending in the final third so we have split the group with the limited time we have had this week.
"It was more of a domino effect in terms of conceding the goals against Wigan, with the exception of one they were not great goals to concede.
"But the amount of chances we had we have to be more ruthless. Box-to-box and the build-up play is okay but we need to be a bit more ruthless in each box."
Despite being just five points above the relegation zone, Kean insists he is not concerned, explaining that if the players begin to take their chances their slump can be quickly reversed.
"It makes this week more important because each time you play well and don't score goals you bring pressure on yourselves when it comes to a home game," added the Rovers boss.
"The winner goes into the top half while the loser slips closer to the bottom.
"We have brought pressure on ourselves by not capitalising on bouts of play we have had in the last three matches.
"It is so tight and you see with Liverpool that if you put together a run of victories you shoot up the table but if you don't you get dragged down into the zone no-one wants to be in."
The performances of Junior Hoilett have provided a bright spot to Rovers' season in attack, with attention now turning to the club securing a new deal for the player.
The 20-year-old's existing contract runs out at the end of next season, yet Kean is content to give Hoilett more league action before any talk of a new deal.
"We will progress his development and continue to give him match exposure but we probably won't upset him at the moment by starting to talk about a new contract in case that affects his good form," said the Rovers boss.
"We know he is playing well and hopefully he feels he is a big part of the club going forward.
"At the appropriate time we will sit down and discuss an extension of his contract."