Kean targets finale sweetener
Beleaguered Blackburn boss Steve Kean claims his team still have plenty to give as they prepare to bow out of the Premier League.
Rovers' dismal campaign will end in the relegation long feared by supporters after Monday's miserable home loss to Wigan cut them adrift of safety. It was their seventh defeat in eight games and Kean, much as he has been all season, was barracked mercilessly by irate fans wanting his removal throughout.
Yet Kean, whose optimism has not dimmed despite his unpopularity during this most testing of terms, has vowed to fight on and is taking this weekend's seemingly meaningless trip to Chelsea very seriously.
Less than 24 hours after relegation was confirmed on a miserable, rain-sodden night at Ewood Park, Kean was at Anfield to watch Champions League finalists Chelsea face Liverpool.
He said: "We have got pride. We have shown that every game matters to us, even when we don't get a result. There were a few questions put our way on commitment and application against Tottenham [2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane on April 29], which I felt was very harsh.
"But I think the effort and commitment was there for everyone to see against Wigan. I think for any game, you need to prepare in the proper manner. We have got a few injury worries but we will be picking the strongest possible team and will attempt to get a positive performance and a win at Chelsea. That is what we have to do."