Kean defends Rovers tactics

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Blackburn manager Steve Kean defended his side's decision to play out time to claim a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Ewood Park.

Once Wayne Rooney had equalised Brett Emerton's first-half strike 17 minutes from time, Blackburn hardly advanced into the United half and Rovers will head into the final round of fixtures just one point clear of the drop zone, knowing defeat at Wolves would put their top flight survival in extreme danger.

"I can understand the fans' frustration because they want us to go and press and get the ball back," said Kean. "We are left with a scenario at the end of the game when Paul Scholes is on the pitch and Manchester United are running down the clock. But when you look at the other end, they have left four players up with no intention of dropping back again."

He added: "It gives us a dilemma. Do we go and push and try and get a goal, whilst also leaving ourselves wide open to having four on their own up at the other end.

"If someone had told the fans we were going to get a point against Manchester United, I am sure they would have been happy with that."

As Kean correctly observed, apart from their own, results affecting the relegation battle are not in Blackburn's control.

And the Scot remains confident Rovers will claim a point against Wolves that will almost certainly guarantee survival.

"We can't control what happens in other grounds," he said. "All we can do is pick up points.

"I am confident if the lads do exactly what they have done over the last couple of months with their willingness, having a solid base and working their socks off, we will get what is required next week."

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