Kean feared smash-and-grab loss
Steve Kean feared Blackburn could lose to QPR in the FA Cup after squandering a host of chances.
Last Updated: 08/01/11 6:18pm
Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean feared his side could lose to QPR in the FA Cup after squandering a host of chances.
The Ewood Park side created the bulk of the chances in Lancashire, but poor finishing and superb keeping from Paddy Kenny kept them at bay.
Kenny pulled off a fine double-save in the first half which left Kean wondering whether it would be their name going forward to the fourth round draw.
However, their blushes were spared late on when the impressive Junior Hoilett finished with aplomb to finally settle the contest.
"We felt as though it could have been one of those games where you get so many chances early on and each time you miss the away side get a bit of confidence and they end up nicking a goal out of nothing," explained Kean.
"Fortunately Junior Hoilett popped up with a good goal. We tried to change the shape of the team a little bit and have him playing in behind the strikers and I thought that worked quite well and he rounded off a good display with a good goal."
Kean has denied the FA Cup is not important for the club, although he admits he needs to strengthen and add numbers to his squad.
The Rovers tactician is hopeful the knee injury suffered by Gael Givet is not too serious, while he has confirmed their move for Ronaldinho is dead.
"The FA Cup is a priority. We're always going to field the strongest possible team," he continued. "We're trying to maintain the momentum from the Liverpool game where we played well in midweek.
"Some of the lads looked a little tired. We've not got a fantastic amount of people to rotate. Leading up to the Chelsea game will just be a couple of recovery days. We want to keep the games to a minimum.
"Jason Roberts came back today so that's a positive for us. Hopefully we'll have Keith Andrews within ten days as well so that'll be excellent as well.
"I think Gael went for the ball. You're going to get that in the game. Gael's got a badly swollen knee. We don't know the extent of that. We're hopeful he'll be okay for the Chelsea game.
"I think that's (Ronaldinho deal) dead in the water. I think he's going back to Brazil. We followed it for as much as we could. It's totally finished from what I've been told."