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Kean hails 'spirited' Rovers

19 August 2012

Blackburn boss Steve Kean hailed his side's "spirited, organised and athletic" performance in their 1-1 npower Championship draw at Ipswich.

Colin Kazim-Richards put the visitors ahead only for Jason Lowe to put through his own net and hand a deserved late leveller to the Tractor Boys.

"We feel we've got a really good, competitive squad and that we're good enough to bounce back at the first attempt," Kean said. "This is the first point on the board at a difficult venue, so I've got to be pleased."

Kean, who has kept his job despite presiding over Rovers' relegation from the top flight last season, was understandably disappointed that his side failed to hold on for maximum points but nevertheless pleased with their performance in sweltering conditions.

"Ipswich are well organised and not too many teams will come here and get three points, so I must give them credit because I thought they were excellent," he said.

Kean was delighted for debutant Kazim-Richards, who broke the deadlock with a close-range header after Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner was headed on by Scott Dann.

"It was great to see him score and he was unfortunate not to get a couple," he said. "Throughout most of his career he's played out wide but he's got all the attributes to play up front."

Ipswich were unlucky to be behind at the interval, having been the better side in the first half, and deservedly equalised eight minutes from time.

"The least we deserved was a draw - not because we were brilliant on the ball but because of our endeavour," said Town boss Paul Jewell.

"Blackburn made it difficult for us, once we conceded a bad goal from a set-play, but I certainly can't fault our lads for their effort. They're playing for the shirt."


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