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Keith's form no surprise to Kean

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is not surprised that former Rovers midfielder Keith Andrews has had such an impact at today's opponents West Brom.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder left Ewood Park in January after feeling that his "face didn't fit" at Blackburn, and criticised Kean for bowing to pressure from fans who had targeted him.

Andrews lost no time in becoming an important part of Roy Hodgson's set-up at the Hawthorns and has played a key role in the Baggies' rise to the verge of top-flight safety.

Kean insists, however, that he does rate the 31-year-old, who had earlier gone on loan to Ipswich rather that stay at Blackburn. He said: "It's no surprise to me that he has done well as I have a lot of admiration for Keith.

"He made it clear when he came back from his loan spell at Ipswich that he wanted to move on.

"I'm delighted for him. He's an international player and I thought he was their best player against Everton last week."


Blackburn need a victory at the Hawthorns after successive defeats plunged them back into the bottom three, and they have a home match against Liverpool on Tuesday to follow.

Kean is confident that survival will be assured, however, and is still shaking his head in disbelief that Blackburn did not take something from their game against Manchester United on Monday, which ended up a 2-0 defeat.

He added: "We are really disappointed not to have taken anything from that game.

"We had six very good chances on target to their eight, and there was also one of the best last-ditch tackles you will ever see from Rio Ferdinand that just took it away from Yakubu as he was about to score.

"But there is plenty of encouragement to take from that."

Kean has a full squad to choose from after French defender Gael Givet returned from a hamstring strain.