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Kean: We'll take the point

18 August 2012

Boss happy to come away from Ipswich with something, but it could have been more.

Whilst Steve Kean was pleased as Rovers picked up their first point of the new season, the Rovers boss was disappointed that it wasn't all three.

Rovers looked set to claim an opening day victory after Colin Kazim-Richards had headed the visitors in front on 21 minutes, but eight minutes from time Ipswich Town grabbed an equaliser when the unfortunate Jason Lowe put through his own net in attempting to clear a Jason Scotland cross.

Speaking after the match Kean said: "We are going home disappointed because we scored first and we almost got a second goal.

"If it had been the other way and it was us getting the equaliser then you'd be saying it was a good point.

"But you are always disappointed when you lead the game and don't get the second and then to concede late on.

"We were playing quite tidily on the break, we scored an early goal and we were causing them lots of problems with balls up the sides of their centre backs.

"If we had got that second goal then we'd be saying what a fantastic away game it was."

Rovers looked in control after Kazim-Richards scored his debut goal and he almost grabbed a second when the Turkish international lobbed an effort onto the roof of the net at the start of the second half, but after that it was Ipswich in the ascendency.

The visitors defended stoutly but just when it looked like they had weathered the storm Jason Lowe attempted to prevent Jason Scotland's cross reaching Michael Chopra but in doing so was powerless to prevent his touch taking the ball into the net.

"I thought there were two big factors in the game," added Kean. "The chance that falls to Colin Kazim where it just narrowly goes over the bar, if he even gets a bit of an angle on it then it goes in and the game is dead and buried.

"Then I think what really affected us and led to us getting a lot deeper was the cards for Dickson Etuhu and Danny Murphy. Then the lads are in a difficult position because they know they can't have a mis-timed tackle and as a result of that we couldn't get any pressure in the middle of the pitch.

"We got a little bit too deep and ended up giving away too many free kicks and too many opportunities for them to get balls into the box.

"In the first half there were lots of tackles there were lots of interceptions but as soon as your central two do take a yellow card you are left with a decision to change them or hold on and try and see if we can get a second which we almost did.

"I have to give full credit to Ipswich, they are an excellent side. I saw them midweek against Bristol Rovers and I know they are happy with their form this pre-season.

"This won't be an easy place for teams to come and take points."

Rovers get their home league campaign underway this Wednesday evening when Hull City are the visitors to Ewood Park in the 7.45pm kick-off.

Tickets will be on open sale until kick-off and are priced from £15 for Adults, £10 for Seniors/Students and £5 for Juniors 15 and under.

Book online today at www.onerovers.co.uk and collect from the Blackburn End collection point on the day of the game.

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