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On his first anniversary in the job, Steve Kean appears to know his fate. He may not be saying, but his touchline manner reveals that.

After Peter Odemwingie’s late winner here, he was motionless out on the edge of his technical area, arms folded, alone with the knowledge that sooner rather than later, his time will be at an end.

Before kick-off, Blackburn Rovers supporters vowed to stop jeering him. Home fixtures like this one would determine their season. It was supposedly time for a unified front. They needed to win.

Then the game kicked off and the reality of the team’s hazardous situation rapidly became evident once again. The truce spanned 13 minutes of excruciatingly grim football.

Simon Vukcevic surrendered a corner with an unruly swipe; Scott Dann passed to an opponent; Yakubu did the same; then Odemwingie could not quite connect with a Chris Brunt cross.

At Ewood Park, all songs about Kean conclude with the word “out.” On this occasion, it began in the Darwen End. It was a minority initially. Some in other areas of the ground attempted a “shush”. Yet the din was sustained.

When James Morrison volleyed West Bromwich Albion into a deserved lead shortly after the break, the noise became an epidemic. Even the Main Stand, an enclosure that holds the most restrained supporters at most stadiums, rancour was released.

“I always feel like we’re just about to go on an unbeaten run so I’ll never feel as though I can’t change the minds of the fans that are grumbling,” Kean said.

“Nobody’s happy when you concede a goal as late as that. If the Bolton game [on Tuesday] wasn’t big already, it’s absolutely massive now.”

The visitors were the better side throughout. But they are struggling at the bottom of the league for a reason. The Baggies have dropped 11 points from winning positions – more than any other top-flight team apart from Blackburn, whose equaliser was from the old school; a tactic deployed throughout. Goalkeeper Paul Robinson launched a hopeful, long kick from the halfway line. Chris Samba connected and Dann stabbed over the line.

Yet Odemwingie, who was berated by manager Roy Hodgson after a poor performance in the defeat by Wigan, made the most telling contribution of the match when he twisted, turned then twisted again before curling a shot beyond Robinson.

“We left it late and didn’t take many of our good opportunities,” Hodgson said. “But we deserved to win this one.”

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