Swansea 3-0 Blackburn: Kean blasts players after fowl display
Published 21:30 15/04/12 By John Cross
Steve Kean is facing a dressing-room war on top of having the most thankless job in football.
Under-fire Kean laid into his players during an angry bust-up which could be heard through the dressing-room walls after their lame surrender at Swansea.
Paul Robinson and David Dunn were the only ones to show any sort of fight. In a team supposed to be battling relegation that is pretty damning as most players let the travelling fans down again.
players turned on each other as Steven Nzonzi was given an on-pitch rollicking by team-mates when he simply shrugged his shoulders after setting up a chance for Swansea by giving the ball away
Kean claimed that Gael Givet was “nowhere near in the right frame of mind” to play even though Blackburn are now facing an injury crisis with centre-half Grant Hanley unlikely to feature again this season.
Rovers’ travelling fans blasted Venky’s – the Indian chicken tycoons who own the club – and turned on Kean who they regard as a puppet of the company.
Yakubu and Junior Hoilett also suffered injuries to leave them doubtful for the club’s remaining four games against Norwich, Tottenham, Wigan and Chelsea.
It looks an increasingly impossible task for Kean after a fifth straight defeat. It is no longer a fight against relegation because there was no fight.
But despite Blackburn’s desperate plight and infighting, Kean is convinced they can still get out of trouble.
“I’ve got complete faith in them,” Kean said. “We’ve got to get two wins and a draw. We need seven points and, if we get those seven points, then we’ll be more or less there.
“We need to beat Wigan, we need to beat Norwich and we need to get a draw at either Stamford Bridge or White Hart Lane. But I said to the lads afterwards, if we can win at Manchester United we can beat Norwich and Wigan.
“I think confidence is a mind set. People say you get on a good run and that breeds confidence. But you can get confidence from looking at when you’ve done
“We can’t go on a 10-game unbeaten run. There’s not 10 games left. We must look at how well we did against United for 80 minutes, how well we did against Norwich and try to get out of the position we’re in.”
Remember Comical Ali? He was former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s Minister of Misinformation, always putting a ridiculous spin on things. Sadly, Kean resembled him after this defeat. Blaming injuries was a lame excuse. The performance was awful.
Excuse Robinson and Dunn. But the rest showed no heart and no spirit. Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are looking at Hoilett but should take notice of this heartless display. The same for Nzonzi.
Robinson was superb, making a string of brilliant saves. Dunn played despite needing an
injection on a hamstring injury and was still left “screaming” in pain, according to Kean.
That is what you want from your players in a relegation scrap. There was none of that. Rovers arguably have some of the best players in the bottom six and yet they haven’t played well enough all season.
Is that down to them or Kean? Or perhaps it is down to the farcical way Venky’s have turned the club into a soap opera.
Rovers went from bad to worse after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunning 37th-minute opener. Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham combined to set up Nathan Dyer to make it two before half-time.
Sinclair’s run and cross found man-of-the-match Sigurdsson and his shot hit the post before rebounding in off Scott Dann to complete the rout after 63 minutes. It could and maybe should have been worse.
Blackburn’s defending was woeful but, despite their problems, Kean claimed Givet let him down. Don’t forget Chris Samba refused to play earlier in the season before eventually joining Russian club Anzhi. Something is not right here.
Kean said: “It was very apparent when I spoke to Gael Givet before the game that he was nowhere near in the right frame of mind to play, whether to start or be on the bench.
“I will speak with him again. If he’s in a better frame of mind, then great. But he was nowhere near and that’s disappointing.
“I can’t get into somebody’s head. I can only tell them how much we need them, how much their team-mates need them.
you look at David Dunn. He was screaming. He had a hamstring problem. But he had an injection to play. We need players who, even if they are injured, want to play rather
than those whose heads are
Sadly, Givet was not the only Rovers player in the wrong frame of mind.