Kean hails Hoilett factor

Rovers boss delighted with Canadian youngster

Hoilett: Kean praise

Hoilett: Kean praise

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Blackburn manager Steve Kean heaped praise on Junior Hoilett after his late goal sealed an impressive fightback against Blackpool.

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Rovers were 2-0 down to the visiting Seasiders at half-time at Ewood Park on Saturday, but strikes from centre-half Chris Samba and Canadian forward Hoilett earned Kean's side a point.

And the manager was thrilled by the 20-year-old's display, insisting he has a bright future ahead of him.


"He's a great player. Junior was exceptional," said Kean. "I don't know who picks the man of the match but I think he got it.

"He's got a lot. He's got a great future. He's a match-winner, he's got fantastic ability. But he's a level-headed lad."

Kean was delighted to see his side snatch a share of the spoils after producing a superb second-half display.

"It shows the determination and the team spirit of the lads," he added.

"Full credit to them. I said to them at half-time, it's very easy for me to come in, when we're 2-0 down, and change the shape of the team, change the personnel.

"But why don't we go out and perform like we did at the beginning of the first half? And full credit to them, they did.

"After we scored, the crowd got behind us and I thought they were tremendous. After that we had a real good go and dug something out of the game."

The opening goal of the clash came when referee Howard Webb pointed to the spot after Ryan Nelsen appeared to bring down Gary Taylor-Fletcher in the area, and Pool captain Charlie Adam converted.


Kean has seen several decisions go against his side in recent weeks, but the boss preferred to concentrate on Rovers' reaction to slipping behind.

"The last couple of weeks we've found ourselves, we think, on the wrong end of decisions which normally aren't given," he said.

"But he (Webb) had to make a call on it.

"I think we got caught in the headlights a little bit after that but we reorganised and came straight out after half-time. It was an excellent fightback."

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