BLACKBURN manager Steve Kean feels his team were unlucky to come away empty-handed from today's clash with Tottenham and insists he is not paying attention to the section of Rovers supporters calling for him to be sacked.
Kean's struggling side were beaten 2-1 by Spurs at Ewood Park and are bottom of the Barclays Premier League with just five points from nine fixtures.
For the third successive home game, Blackburn supporters staged a protest against the manager, making their unhappiness known both prior to kick-off and after the final whistle, with a group in the Ronnie Clayton End remaining in their seats, unfurling 'Kean Out' banners and chanting for the Scot to be dismissed by owners Venky's.
The pressure is mounting on Kean, but the 44-year-old remains bullish, insisting he is only concerned with the efforts of his players, which he could not fault.
"I don't know if it is a large section of the crowd, and to be fair, I'm not really paying any attention to anybody who is staying behind," Kean said.
"I'm interested in my players and what they give me, and they give me everything every single day.
"With that performance today, the crowd that didn't stay behind and the owners and staff who have worked their socks off all week for this game - we can go home and say 'we gave it everything we had'."
Blackburn were undone by two goals from Rafael van der Vaart, who opened the scoring in the 15th minute, slotting the ball past Paul Robinson after Kyle Walker had outpaced Gael Givet to lay on the assist.
Rovers levelled through Mauro Formica's fierce strike just before the half-hour mark, but Van der Vaart produced a brilliant curling effort from outside the box to restore Tottenham's lead eight minutes into the second half, the Dutchman making the most when Benoit Assou-Ekotto's attempted pass ricocheted off Simon Vukcevic towards him.
Blackburn pressed Spurs in search of a second equaliser but substitute Ayegbeni Yakubu was unable to apply a finishing touch to the chances that came his way.
Despite the result, Kean feels Rovers fans should take heart from the team's performance.
"I think the crowd should stick with us because of the manner in which we played," Kean said.
"I thought we grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and that they scored against the run of play.
"Like last week (in a 1-1 draw at QPR) we came back, and I said to the lads that sometimes you have runs of consecutive games where you don't get everything you should.
"We got a point last week, but they can look themselves in the mirror today and pat themselves on the back because they gave it every single ounce they had.
"If we keep doing that, then we will get much more than we did today."
He added: "To be honest, if we had got a point, we would have been disappointed.
"I think there were certain stages of the game where Tottenham could feel the pressure was upon them and I thought we were relentless with our wide play.
"We are slightly disappointed that the deflection off Assou-Ekotto has fallen straight in the line of Van der Vaart's strike.
"It is a top finish, but we kept going and Yakubu has had a couple of half-chances that didn't really fall for us."
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, whose side - now unbeaten in their last six league games - are up to fifth in the table, echoed Kean's sentiments about the way Blackburn had played and branded the protests "unfair".
"The players couldn't have given more than they did for the manager today," Redknapp said.
"They (Rovers supporters) are demonstrating, but the players have given everything - they never gave up, they kept running and working and trying to get that goal back right until the last whistle.
"If they had lost the dressing room or the players didn't like him (Kean), they wouldn't have been playing like they did today. I think it's unfair.
"I think they have just got to keep getting behind their team, and they will turn it around.
"The fans have got to stick with him.
"They just needed a break today at the end, and they could have easily come away with a good result.
"Keep getting behind the team and keep supporting the manager - when things are not going well, that is when you need the crowd with you.
"I thought the crowd got with them today, but then there was a small minority - mostly kids I would imagine - shouting and screaming."