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A welcome win for the much-maligned Steve Kean

A second goal in as many games from Turkish striker Colin Kazim-Richards gave Blackburn Rovers and Steve Kean a much needed win over Hull City.

The victory propels Rovers up to fourth but the atmosphere inside Ewood Park was very subdued, with some fans chanting "1-0 and we want Kean out".

Blackburn named a strong line-up for the game with ex-England internationals Paul Robinson and Danny Murphy both starting against The Tigers.

Hull boss Steve Bruce also named a talented team, with former Rangers forward Sone Aluko starting up front.

Chances were very limited in the first half of the match that was watched by only 13,562 fans. Neither goalkeepers were forced into pulling off big saves.

After the break both teams pushed up the tempo with Joe Dudgeon going ever so close for the visitors.


The Rovers faithful were getting increasingly frustrated, taking out their anger verbally on the players.

Kean's men then went close when Liam Rosenior glanced Bradley Orr's cross behind with Kazim-Richards poised to strike.

But then in the 77th minute, Blackburn got the breakthrough they desperately wanted.

Portuguese ace Nuno Gomes chested down Dickson Etuhu's ball from the right and prodded across goal to spark a scramble that Kazim-Richards finished off by smashing home.

It was a sigh of relief for Kean - but there are still 44 games to go.

And, if Blackburn's performances continue like that, fans will not be happy whatsoever and surely will eventually force Kean out the exit door.

As for Hull, they will feel that they deserved at least a point against a lacklustre Blackburn side. Bruce's men lie in 16th with three points on the board.

By Sam Mansfield

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