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Allardyce: Rovers Were Near Prefect!!!

New Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce got off to a dream start on Saturday as his Rovers side beat Stoke City 3-0 at Ewood Park.

Two goals from Benni McCarthy (who nearly completed a hat-trick) and one from Jason Roberts saw Rovers to a 3-0 win over Stoke. However, we will remain in the relegation zone going into Christmas but we have edged closer to escaping from this and Allardyce was over the moon with a near perfect start to his Ewood reign.

Allardyce told BBC Match of the Day: "I would have to be pretty nit-picking to say that wasn't as perfect as I would have wanted it.

"We have still got a long way to go to get out of trouble, but it is a very nice start. I just tried to give the lads a few pointers, but the big contribution came from the players.

"They showed a real desire and commitment to compete with a Stoke City side that is very difficult to play against.

"We showed a lot of quality in and around the box and the victory was built from a clean sheet mentality in the team.
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A superb start for Big Sam, but I can't help but be a little disappointed to understand WHY basically the same players can't have done the same under Paul Ince?!?! Yes Big Sam has plenty more experience and might be more respected but can't have done enough in a day that the 3-0 win suggests? Obviously the players were not as behind Ince as they almost always claimed!!!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 21 2008

Time: 12:50AM

Your Comments

Superb start for Big Sam, more of the same please dude!!!
Walker
thats more ike it
glen9mullan
Near Prefect?? Whats he got a big tie and a badge and tell people not to run in the halls??
Rocky7
Whatever he did it worked, unfortuantely i was out in town and missed the game, so hopefully mikey comes good with the report, ive read all the reports on bout 20 sites, but nothing beats a vital blackburn report, whether its roversman, mikey or myself lol
sasman
Wonderful start. Judge on the bench too!!! Things really are looking up! Perhaps Paul Gallagher will have a chance now ?
nut all
its good to see us back
tubzz
hello walker i must say that i love blackburn to the bone and it kills me to say that were going stay up o yea baby ........ ok ok how did we go, we let ince be in charge of us so what did he do, he kept santa cruz big thing by the way he got us 21mill and santa cruz julin , he got us anrdrews, villinaweara,grella who we really didnt see much of write d simspons and first but not least robbo i really dont know what to say but if u put like ray charles in goales and put... warnock in front of him with chris samba ,the rock nelsen oojer the axe or zubab like i know they do u could put gamst on the left emo on right up front santa and benny and this leaves us with mid field we have tugaywho we need badly and vogel dunn reid andrews grella treacy we have a squad that we needa 2 stricker as much as i love derbyshire,roberts and benny i think santa wont be with us much longer i think if wehad another stricker and go with benny up front with ???? i think benny will do it PLEASE EMAIL M E UR COMITS ON tubzz08@hotmail.com
tubzz
Well i'm not one to go OTT but i do tend to agree with Big Sam on this one....i dont think he is saying that it was perfect in every way. We weren't silky on the ball with flowing football....we were well organised, and you could see that there was a level of focus that was never there with Ince's teams. Lets not forget that these are good players, but if you send a good team out on to the pitch with no direction or organisation then unfortunately they will lose their way which is what i believe happened with us and Ince. The flip side to this is that Sam got lucky.....he got a Rovers team plus Dunn and Stoke who by the way are the other team to follow West Brom back in to the Championship. I truly believe that we can trust Sam to sort this mess out......i always did!! I trust him enough to sell Roque!!!!!!
mani13963
Big Sam got it tactically right thats it. We played defensively and counter attacked. Playing to our strengths. We also played players in their proper positions. Great start will be tough game on boxing day though.
roverjoy
We played like we did under Hughes, the way the players are used to. Sam has had 3 days with the guys and you can already see the difference. He will do the trick of that I am sure... good win, no not perfect. But even the most sceptical Rovers fan will find it hard to argue that they were back to their old selves yesterday.
Mikey D
there is alot more to come, he only had a few days with team and apart from 3 goals a clean sheet is what impressed me most
glen9mullan
 

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