Saturday 24 February 2018

Duff adds to pressure on under-fire Rovers boss

Fulham 3
Blackburn 2

Conrad Leach

Two sweetly-struck strikes in each half by Ireland's Damien Duff and Bobby Zamora's 89th minute penalty heaped further relegation woe on Blackburn manager Steve Kean on Saturday.

It was a defeat Kean found hard to stomach having watched his side twice pull level and look likely to share the points.

However, it may also have been a defeat too far for the club's owners, Venky's.

Rovers are in the middle of a awful trough.

They have lost four of their last five league matches and you have to go back to January 23 for their last win, a

2-0 success at home to West Bromwich Albion.

On Saturday morning, they were four points above the relegation zone. Wins for West Ham and Albion, and Zamora's penalty, halved that gap and they are now in serious danger of relegation.

An international break, with its two-week gap between league games, is often used by a club to sack its manager.

Kean may have noted, to his consternation, that owing to the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend, Rovers have almost a fortnight until their next game at home to Blackpool, who host Chelsea tonight.

And Venky's, who so summarily sacked Sam Allardyce soon after they took over the club, may be losing patience with Kean.

If they wait until Blackburn face Blackpool and that goes badly, they may have waited too long.

Blackpool are level on points with only one goal separating them and Rovers in their goal difference before tonight's game against Chelsea. A win for Blackpool would really pile the pressure on. (© Independent News Service)

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