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Kean insists Rovers will work out problems

Blackburn boss Steve Kean vowed he and his team will "grind through" their current problems after yesterday's 2-1 defeat by Tottenham.

The result at Ewood Park left Rovers bottom of the Premier League with just five points from nine games and the pressure is mounting on Kean, who for the third successive home league fixture was the target of a protest by the club's fans.

Blackburn supporters made their unhappiness known both prior to kick-off and after the final whistle, a group in the Ronnie Clayton End remaining in their seats, unfurling 'Kean Out' banners and chanting for the Scot to be sacked by owners Venky's.


The 44-year-old remains bullish, though, stressing that the crowd had given their backing to the players during the game, praising his side's efforts and insisting that Rovers will soon turn a corner.

"The good thing from my point of view is that the majority of supporters were with us here," Kean said. "I think the performance of the players and their application shows we are all together as a group.

"I've got the full backing of the owners, so we will grind through it, and then I think when we do grind through it, we will say 'there was a spell which was not fantastic in terms of results, but we played ourselves out of it with determination, and trying to win games'.

"I think there is a manner in which you can lose, and I thought we lost trying to win.

"The break will come, because I think if we keep playing like that, it has to come."

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 curling effort from outside the box to restore Tottenham's lead eight minutes into the second half.