FULL-TIME: MK Dons 2 Blackburn Rovers 1
10:54pm Tuesday 28th August 2012 in Sport
BLACKBURN Rovers boss Steve Kean offered up ‘no excuses’ after his side’s limp Capital One Cup exit at MK Dons.
Kean made a raft of changes from Saturday’s win over Leicester City, but the club’s fringe players did not do themselves justice in a 2-1 loss at the Stadium mk.
Ruben Rochina, Simon Vukcevic, Fabio Nunes and Edinho Junior were among those given starts to impress, but Kean felt they missed out on a chance to stake a claim for a regular first-team shirt.
It was former Burnley man Luke Chadwick that did the damage with a second half brace, before David Goodwillie’s late consolation.
“I’m disappointed for the fans tonight,” said Kean. “I’m sure they expected us to win, just as I did and there is no excuses from me.
“The team I selected was good enough to get through. We gave some players a chance to get minutes and a chance to push themselves into first-team contention for Saturday. Players have to take these chances when they get them and some will know they didn’t.”
Rovers were punished on 51 minutes when Chadwick gave the Dons a deserved lead.
Chadwick doubled the home side’s advantage after a mistake from goalkeeper Jake Kean.
“Sometimes you get a foul for their first goal, but I think their striker has got a touch on the ball, so there’s no complaints with that,” said boss Kean.
“The second goal was disappointing because Jake would normally collect that. I never thought we played well tonight.”