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Match Report: Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Bolton Wanderers (Blackburn Fan's Perspective)

Wednesday 21st December 2011
12 months of pain and anger could well be over with, much to the delight of myself and many other Blackburn Rovers fans. Tuesday's humiliating display has left us rock bottom of the league going into Christmas, and with the statistic of only one team ever to survive relegation from being bottom at Christmas, it does not bode well being a Rovers fan at the moment.

From the first whistle in the big Lancashire derby against Bolton, we looked off the pace and this showed in the 5th minute when Chris Samba failed to clear the ball, gifting David Ngog the opportunity to set up an unmarked Mark Davies who calmly fired the ball home to give Owen Coyle's men a well deserved lead.

You would have thought the goal would spark some sort of reaction from the Rovers players, but it did not. The only thing it did spark were chants from the Rovers fans calling for the sacking of Steve Kean.

Bolton piled more misery on us when Martin Petrov picked out Nigel Reo-Coker in the box to double the away team's lead. This led to even more anger and frustration from the fans, all aimed at the lonely figure of Kean in his technical area.

Rovers looked like a new team in the second half, but still we were shaky at the back, and rarely threatened going forward, but there was more fight and determination. Something we lacked in the first half.

There was a glimmer of hope in the 67th minute when Junior Hoilett slipped a delightful ball through to Yakubu who had evaded his marker Gary Cahill, and provided a delightful dink over Jussi Jaaskalainen.

Kean threw on David Goodwillie and Ruben Rochina in an attempt to grab an equaliser. Samba ended up playing upfront and again we resorted to route one football but there was no end product, yet the closest Rovers came to an equaliser was when Samba headed wide in the dying seconds.

The game ended with Bolton fans celebrating like they had won the League and showing Coyle their backing contrasted to Rovers fans voicing their disgust at Kean, with some even refusing to leave the ground.

Overall we deserved to lose the match and we deserve to be playing Championship football next year, but it is fair to say we made Bolton look good, and they are far from that. If Cahill goes in January then I can safely say this fixture will be played again next year, but in the Championship.

We are bottom at Christmas and to be frank, there is no way out. Even if Kean goes tomorrow I still feel we are too far into the season for any manager to change things now. Having said that, I would not be surprised if Kean is still in charge come Boxing Day at Anfield as Venky's are deluded.

In the space of a year Rovers have gone from a solid top ten team to being the laughing stock of the Premier League, all because of one Indian poultry business. 7 wins from 37 games is a shocking record, and leaves me wondering how Kean is still in a job. As we all know football is a result-based business and results are something Kean has not got. For that reason I support 'Kean Out'.
Callum Dunn

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