Kean hopes to convince critics
Steve Kean hopes that Boxing Day's draw at Liverpool can convince his Blackburn critics that he is the man to lead the club.
Last Updated: 26/12/11 6:16pm
Under-fire manager Steve Kean hopes that Boxing Day's draw at Liverpool can convince his Blackburn critics that he is the man to lead the club.
An injury-hit side which included 17-year-old full debutant Adam Henley and replacement goalkeeper Mark Bunn, who stepped in for Paul Robinson after the former England No.1 tore a calf muscle, battled to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
The result kept Blackburn bottom of the Premier League, but Kean, who has been the subject of intensified criticism ever since last week's defeat to Bolton, maintains that the signs are positive.
"I hope so," he told Sky Sports when asked if more performances like that at Anfield could win over the Blackburn fans.
"You can see the belief is in the team for the lads to come here with a young team and many injuries and still dig out a performance and a result.
"Hopefully the fans can turn around and they gave us a good reception going off."
Bunn was man of the match after two incredible saves to deny Andy Carroll, while Henley cleared a Daniel Agger effort off the line with the final kick of the game.
Kean has been frustrated by injuries, especially having now lost goalkeeper Robinson, but he was pleased by the performance of those who stepped into tough circumstances.
"It is a patched-up team, because we have got so many players injured at the moment and the disappointing thing is they all seem to be in the same position," he said.
"And then we have lost our goalkeeper with a two centimetre tear in his calf. But Mark has come in and made some great saves and deputised for Paul Robinson very well.
"Also, Adam Henley played at full-back. He is making his full debut. Five of the team played in last year's reserve cup final. So we have got a very young team at the moment."
Kean also saw David Dunn and Junior Hoilett hobble off in the second half and the pair will be assessed before Saturday's trip to Manchester United.
"Junior has had what we think is tightness in his hamstring. He has had a bit of hamstring problem over the last few weeks," said the Blackburn boss.
"David felt his hamstring tighten as well, so we took them off as precautions. Hopefully we can patch them up.
"We will be in tomorrow and we will assess them tomorrow."