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.