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Kean defiant after dreadful Blackburn wave white flag

After suffering so many bloody noses of late, Tottenham could not have picked a better moment to face a team unwilling to throw so much as a punch.

Steve Kean's sad tenure at Ewood Park already includes records for the longest Premier League sequence without a clean sheet and the worst win ratio of any Blackburn manager in recent history.

Yesterday, though, his team sunk to a new low. With their survival hanging by a thread, they became the first Premier League team since 2004 not to even muster one effort at goal during a game.

The final shots tally of 22-0 in Tottenham's favour was certainly a more accurate reflection of a horribly one-sided game than the actual 2-0 scoreline suggests. Most shocking of all was Blackburn's lack of urgency, energy or even aggression.

Their general approach was epitomised by the sight of Gael Givet and Emmanuel Adebayor exchanging shirts at half-time and walking off as if they were team-mates.

Harry Redknapp was clearly taken aback. "It was unusual," he said. "Defenders usually swap studs with opposing centre-forwards by leaving one in his leg."

And, of the opposition, Redknapp added: "When they got it, they couldn't keep it. I was disappointed not to come in three up at half-time with the domination we'd had."

Kean has impressed this season with his dignity amid some unacceptable abuse but his assessment of this match defied logic. He insisted that the "effort and application was there" and talked of taking "positives" from the game.

"We have got plenty of fight and fire in our belly," said Kean. "There have been many times this season when people have written us off and we've bounced back. I'm 100pc confident."

When Tottenham did eventually take the lead, the only surprise was that it had taken 22 minutes.

Aaron Lennon's precise cross was headed goal-bound by Gareth Bale. Scott Dann did well to glance the ball onto the crossbar but the rebound fell into the path of Rafael van der Vaart, whose volley had crossed the line by the time it was cleared by Dann.

And with 15 minutes left, Kyle Walker hammered in a stunning 40-yard free-kick to confirm the hosts' dominance.

With the FA revealing their approach for Roy Hodgson last night, it looks increasingly likely that Redknapp will be at Tottenham to oversee a possible title challenge next season.

"I have never heard anything else from everybody -- I'm totally focused on the job here," said Redknapp. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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