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If a moment in time defines Steve Kean’s relationship with Blackburn Rovers supporters, then this was it: Yakubu had swept home the first of his four goals in a quite delicious manner after an unlikely marauding run by Gael Givet from full back.

The Nigerian reacted by ignoring his team-mates, jogging straight towards Kean; with the Scot celebrating outside of his technical area arms aloft and punching the wintry Lancashire air in a brief moment of solace. Then there was a high-five; an embrace between an under fire manager and a player whose career was on the decline before arriving at Ewood Park

Those on the terraces were clearly delighted. It was Blackburn’s best move of the season so far. Yet as soon as Yakubu’s considerable body met Kean’s, there was a shift in mood. From a bear-hug, scorn cascaded. The delirium from moments before was lost; boos spat out and that familiar bellow quickly arrived: ‘Kean Out.’

Kean, it seems, can do nothing to please. He has no chance of redemption if that is what happens when Blackburn are winning. In his match-day programme column, he noted that ‘this is a time for action and not words.’ He knew that Swansea City were a team his side had to defeat; opposition that beforehand had the worst away record in the league. Then he asked for Blackburn supporters to put their ‘frustrations’ to one side and get behind his players. The plea wasn’t headed. Even after Yakubu’s fourth from the penalty spot, calls for the Rovers boss to be sacked returned.

Swansea did their best to make it a more uncomfortable afternoon for Kean. Leroy Lita’s header was accurate and later Luke Moore briefly reduced his side’s deficit to just a goal. But Joe Allen’s sending off gave the host’s a man advantage and with Yakubu gobbling up every chance that came his way, Blackburn, in the end, easily recorded their first victory in the league since September.

 

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