Blackburn Rovers slumped to another defeat yesterday, an uninspiring 2-0 defeat at a depleted Everton. Whilst the result itself was not a surprise, Rovers boss Steve Kean post match press conference was. After just mustering 2 shots on target over 90 minutes, and forcing one corner, Kean said “I don’t think it was a worrying performance. I thought in the first half we were excellent. We were by far the better before the half time and they shaded it in the second half.”
This result leaves Blackburn win less since January 23rd and closer to the relegation zone – just two points off the drop. With only 5 games left, and two of those against Manchester City then neighbours United, they face a struggle to get enough points on the board for survival. The final game against Wolves looks like a defining fixture for both sides.
Quite what Venky’s were thinking when they dismissed Allardyce and appointed the inexperienced Steve Kean, is anyones guess. In the space of four months, they dropped from a top ten side to relegation fodder. Let’s not forget the PR disaster of the failed Ronaldinho bid back in January transfer window.
To make matters worse influential captain Ryan Nielsen is injured for the rest of the season. It’s hard to see how Blackburn get themselves out of this mess. The Rovers fans are understandably sick and tired of Kean’s deluded post game analysis, with this fans comment on a local sports website summing up their frustrations.
“Excellent in the first half? Which game was he watching? Rovers were on the back foot from the start and apart from 50 yard hoofs to Tim Howard, they never even got close to Everton’s goal. Then they got worse!”
Blackburn Rovers hopes of survival hinge on the games with West Ham and Wolves, win those two games and they should have enough to get home. But given their current performances it would be brave man to back Steve Kean’s side.