Blackburn Rovers 1 Bolton Wanderers 2 – Kean close to sack after defeat
Blackburn Rovers will be bottom of the Premier League on Christmas Day and it appears unlikely that Steve Kean will have the opportunity to improve his team’s fortunes following Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat against Bolton.
December 20th, 2011
Goals from Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker in the first half of the match saw Wanderers into an unassailable lead and the visitors were able to weather a second-half storm to leapfrog their Lancastrian rivals and ease the pressure on manager Owen Coyle.
There were chants calling for Kean’s head before a ball was even kicked and Davies’ early opener saw the protest become more vocal against someone who was controversially installed in place of Sam Allardyce a year ago.
By the time Reo-Coker had doubled Bolton’s advantage, there were thousands of home supporters chanting anti-Kean sentiments, something that started early in the season despite the fact that the Scot had managed to keep the team in the Premier League last term.
Blackburn played reasonably well in the second half against a team prepared to soak up pressure and counter on the break, although Yakubu’s neat chip over Jussi Jaaskelainen gave the home side a lifeline and they continued to pour forward in search of an equaliser.
Chris Samba had a header in injury-time that went just wide of the post but it was Bolton left celebrating a huge result, with Coyle vindicated by selecting Ivan Klasnic and David Ngog in attack, with the pair causing problems with their pace and direct style.