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Alan Green: I’m Kean to see Blackburn Rovers avoid the drop

I wouldn’t give tuppence for the football judgment of the Venkys and I certainly couldn’t find any reason to support their decision to replace Sam Allardyce with Steve Kean last December - and, yes, you must know how ‘highly’ I rate ‘Big Sam’.

Nevertheless, my grin was as wide as the Blackburn manager’s at the end of that extraordinary game against Arsenal on Saturday: much the best match I’ve seen this season (Old Trafford was too ‘slapdash’ for my liking).

Kean was under enormous pressure. Fans had staged a protest march to Ewood Park beforehand demanding that he be sacked and the presence of the Indian owners at the match can’t have helped.

What they saw though was a wonderfully resilient display. Twice Rovers came from behind and then had to hang on in an exhilarating finish: Arsenal might have scored THREE in stoppage time.

No offence to Arsenal, but I was glad for Kean and for Rovers. They’re not relegation material. There are far worse sides around.

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