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Allardyce Warns Fringe Stars

Big Sam will be giving a few of the players not yet seen under him a chance to shine tonight.

But there is another side to the coin - if they put in a bad shift and we are humiliated by an enthusiastic but limited Blyth Spartans, then there futures at the club are in doubt.

Allardyce, speaking to the Sunday Mirror, 'There will be a few changes. We have some injuries and suspensions, but we will pick a side that is more than capable of beating the team we're up against.

"This game is important because it will allow me to pick some players who can show me if they're good enough for Blackburn Rovers. They're playing to show me they can be in the first team.

'It's about me having the confidence to put them in when they're needed. If they let themselves down then they're putting their careers at this club in jeopardy. We can't afford mistakes.

'If we don't win then it's very, very worrying for the players because they won't have shown me what they can do and there wouldn't be much future for them here after that, would there?'

Interesting. Blyth will be up for it tonight but if Rovers play to their strengths and to their best, then we will win. Simple as that.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 5 2009

Time: 1:19PM

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The message is clear for those playing tonight... lose at your peril.
Mikey D
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05/01/2009 13:24:00

it doesnt always work playing fringe players....they can try "too" hard.....and cock it up......
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05/01/2009 13:35:00

maybe so lincoln blue - but then playing nearly a full first team didnt exactly work wonders for City against Forest did it?!? It can work both ways mate. I am fairly sure Sam is doing the right thing here.
Mikey D
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05/01/2009 13:53:00

I kind of like the prospect of Vogel and Grella in centralmidfield....probably our best players at those positions in my opinion along with Dunn. At least better footballplayers and balldistributers than Moko and Andrews...
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05/01/2009 13:57:00

vogel should be given a chance for sure.
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05/01/2009 14:23:00

I can see Vogel playing for sure - I imagine Grella could come off the bench though. Maybe Andrews alongisde Vogel?
Mikey D
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05/01/2009 14:32:00

Must win for Rovers and the PL. Good luck!
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05/01/2009 16:32:00

I think the weather will be a leveller tonight. It's not meant to be too nice up there! I would guess the pitch won't entertain free flowing, one touch football (unless the touches include long ball, flick on, and shoot...). Whatever team we put out would 'struggle', in some sense. Aren't Grella and Vogel both holding midfielders? I can't see Blyth being that much of an attacking threat!?
Decimus Poole
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05/01/2009 16:50:00

Very clever by Sam this comment should be evry motivational and i hope Vogel gets a go and can really show his class in this game.
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05/01/2009 17:44:00

rovers will win the game convincingly i will go for 5-0 rovers regardeless who plays
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05/01/2009 18:55:00

1-0 scarcley convincing!! Spartans deserved a second chance I believe.
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05/01/2009 22:16:00

According to the film, they had 300 on their side, armed with swords, sheilds and no fear of dying! A 1-0 victory isn't too bad then :-)
Decimus Poole
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06/01/2009 08:47:00

lol Decimus, nice one;) eastney dave - would you have had our result or man citys? or stokes? we're through and if and buts mean nothing.
Mikey D
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07/01/2009 12:45:00


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