Date: 30th November 2011 at 9:50am
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Rovers boss Steve Kean has explained to the fans that last night’s Carling Cup game was prioritised below that of Saturday’s clash with Swansea.

Kean’s comments are unlikely to appease many after a dismal 2-0 quarter final exit at Cardiff last night in a game where the right team undoubtedly won after Steve Kean picked a line up that was experimental at best.

Kean’s told the BBC – ‘We are in a position where we have forfeited going through and having the chance to reach a cup final.

‘We have games against sides within touching distance of us in the league.

‘We need to treat those games as cup finals.’

The Rovers boss picked a side that included fringe players Nick Blackman, Radosav Petrovic and David Goodwillie and omitted several returning first team players such as Chris Samba, Martin Olsson and Ryan Nelsen.

Kean revealed that all of them could have played but decided the wise thing to do would be to rest them up for the league games as they are pivotal to Rovers season.

Kean continued – ‘They could have played at a push and if we had been in a slightly different position in the league. We have Swansea coming up so I made five changes and left those lads behind.

‘We wanted to make sure we have those lads available for Saturday. Saturday has to kick-start our season.’

I would love to know what last night’s travelling fans think of these comments?!

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