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Apr 22, 2011

Rovers boss Kean hits back at media

Steve Kean has blasted back at the criticism he has received as Blackburn Rovers' poor form has them lurching towards relegation and pledged to fight on.

Rovers have gone 10 matches without a win and face FA Cup finalists Manchester City on Monday in the Premier League. Kean said he understands fans' bitter reactions to the winless streak but has hit out at a media reaction which has included many questions about his job. Kean succeeded Sam Allardyce in December, and after some promising signs, a mid-table team has collapsed into a relegation contender.

Kean said: "It (the media coverage) has definitely brought us all together because I think it has been harsh. There was very, very little written about the first point we got at the Emirates for seven years. That just came and went. Now it is as though the whole world is going to end because a couple of games we think we should have won we have drawn. I think it has been very harsh.

"At times there have been certain things put in there, I don't know where they have come from, but it has been difficult to take.

"We feel as though we had a little bit of momentum, nothing mentioned about the really, really bad refereeing decisions, that was just swept under the carpet. That has been disappointing. It is in your face. You pick up the newspapers and it reads negative.

"What happens then is the lads don't like that. Then the likes of David Dunn and Phil Jones, whose friends are from here, feel as though it has been harsh.

"That is fine. What that does if you feel as though it is true then it has a negative effect but it we feel as though that is harsh, and every single player does, then that can stir you up and motivate you.

"There's been a lot said about us not performing. I disagree. We're not getting as many wins but we're attempting to go about it the right way. I can see that we haven't won since the end of January and how that looks, you put form guides together.

"But we've put together mini blocks of games and getting draws, not defeats."

Rovers need to end a longest run without a win for 25 years but Kean is also looking for fans to play their part in arresting the decline. "I do understand the concerns but we are talking about very fine margins," he said. "I understand the frustrations of the fans, we are frustrated ourselves because we feel as though we have been good enough in a number of those games to just edge it.

"For whatever reason we have drawn or lost. What I would like to say is we are sharing the frustration. We are not going against the frustration, it is not the players and staff saying 'why are you frustrated'?

"We are frustrated as well because we would have liked to have beaten Blackpool and Birmingham. We are sharing that frustration it is equal. Hopefully they stick with us because we'd like to create an atmosphere in the next two games that's a little bit like we had against Liverpool. The place was bouncing that night, magnificent.

"But it's our job to make sure they see that from us as a team. We don't sit back and dictate, we go and get after a team, show we mean business.

When asked at press conference about his own future and whether he might throw in the towel. "Not one day. Not one second," he said. "The fact we haven't won for so long makes me more determined to go and win the next one."

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