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Boss feels Blackpool penalty decision was harsh

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean was delighted with his side’s fight-back against Blackpool at Ewood Park on Saturday.

The visitors went in to the break 2-0 up thanks to two goals from Blackpool captain Charlie Adam, but Kean was never panicking, believing his side were brilliant for some of the first half and praised never-say-die mentality that eventually helped them salvage a point.

Kean said: “It was an excellent fight back and I said this to the lads at half time, we were excellent in the first 20 minutes and we were unlucky to be behind.

“It was all us - we were putting Blackpool under pressure. The offside goal was their only touch in our area in the first 17 or 18 minutes.

“The penalty decision deflated us a bit and then we found ourselves 2-0 down to Charlie Adam’s great bit of skill to get it up and over the wall. Blackpool were then better than us for the end of the first half.

“It would have been very easy for us to start feeling sorry for ourselves but all credit to the lads, I said to them at half time ‘just go out and perform exactly as you did in the first part of the half’.

“After we scored the crowd got behind us and I thought they were tremendous, they had a real good go and tried to dig ourselves of the game.”

Blackpool’s first goal left a bitter taste in the mouth of Kean after referee Howard Webb awarded a penalty against Ryan Nelson.

He continued: “I’ve looked at it again and I said to Howard [Webb] in the last couple of weeks we have found ourselves on the wrong end of decisions that normally are not given.

"I can understand where Nelly [Ryan Nelson] does get a bit on the ball, then he does catch the player in the box but if you were on the ref course that’s a penalty, but normally they’re not given.

“He said he had to make a call on it and like last week I said I respected it and I hope that in the last few weeks we get a chance to have some decisions for us.”

Kean went on to praise his side’s attitude as they refused to concede defeat even when they lost their foothold in the match, but he also believes that although they went 2-0 down, a point is the minimum Blackburn deserved considering their second half performance.

He added: “I think we got caught in headlights a bit when the second goal went in. We lost our way a bit and we were a bit ragged and Blackpool looked to control the end of the first half but then I thought we were excellent in the second half. 20 attempts on goal, so we were well worthy of at least a point.

“We could have felt sorry for ourselves and I think the only time we have this year is the second half against Aston Villa.

“Full credit to the lads that didn’t accept that were going to lose the game. At the end we had Chris Samba up front, we had Jason Roberts, we had Roque Santa Cruz.

“We were desperate to get something from the game and that shows our desperation and team spirit and I think that’s the only time we have come back from being behind in the Premier League this season.”

The former Blackburn assistant went on to give a glowing evaluation of the player who saved the point in stoppage time; David Hoilett.

He said: “He’s a great player and when we can get him one on one in the wide areas it must be so difficult for the full back.

“I think early on in the second half he cuts a great ball back for Steven N’Zonzi and he’s a little deliberate in his side foot when he should have scored.

“Junior [Hoilett] was exceptional; he was a worthy man of the match. He’s got the lot and he’s got a bright future.

“I just thought he needed a long run in the team free of injury and he’s been excellent.

"He’s a level headed lad and with Martin Olsson who’s now emerged and we get Phil Jones back in, the young guys are coming through and they give us an extra spark now until the end of the season.”

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