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Kean unconcerned by protest
Published : 24 Oct 2011 07:46:53Rss feed
Blackburn manager Steve Kean feels his team were unlucky to come away empty-handed from Sunday's clash with Tottenham and insists he is not paying attention to the section of Rovers supporters calling for him to be sacked.
Kean's struggling side were beaten 2-1 by Spurs at Ewood Park and are bottom of the Barclays Premier League with just five points from nine fixtures. For the third successive home game, Blackburn supporters staged a protest against the manager, making their unhappiness known both prior to kick-off and after the final whistle.
The pressure is mounting on Kean, but the 44-year-old remains bullish, insisting he is only concerned with the efforts of his players, which he could not fault. He said: "I don't know if it is a large section of the crowd, and to be fair, I'm not really paying any attention to anybody who is staying behind."
He added: "I'm interested in my players and what they give me, and they give me everything every single day.
"With that performance, the crowd that didn't stay behind and the owners and staff who have worked their socks off all week for this game - we can go home and say 'we gave it everything we had'."
Blackburn were undone by two goals from Rafael van der Vaart, who opened the scoring in the 15th minute, slotting the ball past Paul Robinson after Kyle Walker had outpaced Gael Givet to lay on the assist.
Rovers levelled through Mauro Formica's fierce strike just before the half-hour mark, but Van der Vaart produced a brilliant curling effort from outside the box to restore Tottenham's lead eight minutes into the second half, the Dutchman making the most when Benoit Assou-Ekotto's attempted pass ricocheted off Simon Vukcevic towards him.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, whose side - now unbeaten in their last six league games - are up to fifth in the table, echoed Kean's sentiments about the way Blackburn had played and branded the protests "unfair".
"The players couldn't have given more than they did for the manager," Redknapp said.
"They (Rovers supporters) are demonstrating, but the players have given everything - they never gave up, they kept running and working and trying to get that goal back right until the last whistle."