Charlton 1 Blackburn 1: Kean may be out but Rovers stutter against Addicks
16:41 GMT, 29 September 2012
Blackburn's fans were unable to celebrate the departure of boss Steve Kean with a victory after they were held at Charlton.
Dickson Etuhu fired newly-managerless Rovers into an early lead but Johnnie Jackson made amends for missing a penalty when he struck Charlton's equaliser.
The draw came barely 24 hours after Kean, having travelled down to London with the Rovers squad, suddenly decided to quit.
On target: Charlton Athletic's Johnnie Jackson (right) celebrates the equaliser
Charlton: Hamer, Morrison, Solly, Cort, Jackson (Pritchard 53), Green, Stephens, Hollands, Wilson, Wright-Phillips, Kerkar
Subs not used: Button, Evina, Dervite, Wagstaff, Cook, Smith
Goal: Jackson 27
Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Orr, Mn Olsson, Givet (G Hanley 46), Dann, Lowe, Pedersen, Murphy, Etuhu, Rhodes, Nuno Gomes
Subs not used: Kean, G Hanley, Ribeiro, Nunes, Dunn, Formica, Rochina
Goal: Etuhu 16
After months of constant speculation
about his job and protests against him from supporters, the Scot had
finally come to the conclusion his position was 'untenable'.
Former Ewood favourites Alan Shearer
and Tim Sherwood are being linked with the role, with the latter's club
Tottenham understood to have already been approached by Rovers.
But whether either would fancy working with controversial owners Venky's remains to be seen.
In the meantime Eric Black, Kean's assistant, took charge for today's clash at The Valley.
The Rovers fans who had made the trip
seemed strangely subdued at kick-off, perhaps still nursing hangovers
from last night's celebrations sparked by the news Kean had walked.
Guidance: Blackburn interim manager Eric Black
Gone: Steve Kean has left
But they woke up with 16 minutes on
the clock when the recalled Morten Gamst Pederson played in Etuhu, who
danced between the static Chris Solly and Michael Morrison before
rifling the ball into the net.
'Stand up, if you're glad he's gone', came the chant from behind the opposite goal.
It was poor defending from Charlton,
though, after they had almost gone ahead themselves a minute earlier
when Salim Kerkar's low drive fizzed narrowly wide.
And the hosts should have drawn level in the 26th minute when Pedersen was adjudged to have brought down Leon Cort in the area.
But Jackson's penalty, blasted straight down the middle, was kept out by the legs of the diving Paul Robinson.
It was only a brief let-off for the
visitors, however, as 60 seconds later Jackson diverted a shot from
Danny Green past Robinson.
Moving on: Dickson Etuhu struck for Blackburn
With Blackburn now penned in their
own half, Green took aim again from the edge of the area but this time
his effort was deflected onto a post.
After the break Robinson made a
point-blank save to keep out Cort's header, Bradley Wright-Phillips
nodded another dangerous Kerkar cross over and Green's drive was inches
At the other end Nuno Gomes volleyed over and Jordan Rhodes headed wide.
In stoppage time Robinson tipped over
an acrobatic scissor-kick from Wright-Phillips to secure Rovers' point,
while their fans will feel they scored a more important victory on