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Allardyce: It Was A Massive Victory

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce was delighted with a massive three points on Wednesday Evening as Rovers came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1.

When Clint Dempsey gave Fulham a second minute lead at Craven Cottage many might have feared the worse but El Hadji Diouf (with his first goal since his transfer from Sunderland) equalised in the second half before Jason Roberts made up for his miss against Everton on Saturday to muscle his way through and score in the closing minutes. Allardyce was not only delighted with the victory (a massive victory as Allardyce put it), but the manor of it pleased him as we came back from such a poor start to fully deserve the win in the end.

Allardyce told Sky Sports: "It was a massive victory and I think a well-deserved one. It's not just the victory; it's the manner of the win.

"The way we started the game and gave Fulham a goal in such a sloppy fashion made life extremely difficult for us but we fought our way back and showed some great quality with our finishing in the end.
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Big Sam also had praise for the match winner Roberts, who delivered on his promise to find goals and not let missed opportunities trouble him. Following this win we moved onto 30 points and moved up several places and now a target of ten more points (so Rovers can reach 40 points) has now been set.

He added: "It shows what a difference it makes when we're playing a catch-up game and that makes the three points even more important and, of course, it drags a lot more teams - tenth, ninth, eighth - closer to us.

"It's three more points towards the survival total and that's looking like 40 to me - so 10 points to go.
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We now travel to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon knowing that a point (which we would take) will be enough to keep us out of the relegation zone, so it'll be battle mode!!!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 12 2009

Time: 9:27AM

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A MASSIVE victory, with time running out I was worried we wouldn't get what we deserved. However, we did and now it's down to us to keep moving forward, not back!!!
Walker
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12/03/2009 09:30:00

A MASSIVE victory, with time running out I was worried we wouldn't get what we deserved. However, we did and now it's down to us to keep moving forward, not back!!!
Walker
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12/03/2009 09:30:00

We were the better side last night on the whole. We could of been trampled in the first 20 mins - but we held firm and got a foothold in the game and dominated in the second half.
Mikey D
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12/03/2009 09:57:00

We were the better side last night on the whole. We could of been trampled in the first 20 mins - but we held firm and got a foothold in the game and dominated in the second half.
Mikey D
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12/03/2009 09:57:00

game of two halves which thankfully for once we got what we deserved
glen9mullan
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12/03/2009 10:00:00

game of two halves which thankfully for once we got what we deserved
glen9mullan
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12/03/2009 10:00:00

Arsenal have got to be tired after their epic game mid-week. I've changed my mind about this one. Come on the Rovers!
Money4midfield
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12/03/2009 11:34:00

Arsenal have got to be tired after their epic game mid-week. I've changed my mind about this one. Come on the Rovers!
Money4midfield
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12/03/2009 11:34:00

STAYING UP! STAYING UP! STAYING UP!
Mikey D
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12/03/2009 13:13:00

STAYING UP! STAYING UP! STAYING UP!
Mikey D
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12/03/2009 13:13:00

i guess jrob got to take one of his chances. it's the law of averages. we do have a great chance against arsenal with their 120-min match midweek.
dominator2800
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12/03/2009 16:15:00

i guess jrob got to take one of his chances. it's the law of averages. we do have a great chance against arsenal with their 120-min match midweek.
dominator2800
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12/03/2009 16:15:00

It is a good opportunity to get something isnt it. We need to make sure we dont give an early goal away like last night though dont we?!
Mikey D
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12/03/2009 17:03:00

It is a good opportunity to get something isnt it. We need to make sure we dont give an early goal away like last night though dont we?!
Mikey D
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12/03/2009 17:03:00

I think wot this victory showed was that ALL season Rovers have had the ability to win games but possibly down to Ince were unable to compete!! I say possibly down to Ince because obviously the players have to take a lot of the blame for were we are at the min BUT it does show u that with a commited, experienced manager wot this team can do!! Big Sam has made a career outta making wee teams mix it with the big boys, so lets see wot he can do with a talented ( his words ) squad. No offense to Fulham but we should be beating teams like that and fighting for Europe - we are not a massive team but Top 10 def and fighting for UFEA Cup def.....
Clint
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13/03/2009 09:51:00

I think wot this victory showed was that ALL season Rovers have had the ability to win games but possibly down to Ince were unable to compete!! I say possibly down to Ince because obviously the players have to take a lot of the blame for were we are at the min BUT it does show u that with a commited, experienced manager wot this team can do!! Big Sam has made a career outta making wee teams mix it with the big boys, so lets see wot he can do with a talented ( his words ) squad. No offense to Fulham but we should be beating teams like that and fighting for Europe - we are not a massive team but Top 10 def and fighting for UFEA Cup def.....
Clint
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13/03/2009 09:51:00

Big shout that Clint. I think the players should shoulder a large portion of the blame but Ince def lost the crowd and the dressing room as well. We should be higher but the table never lies. Lets keep going, secure our status for next year (thats all that matters at the moment) and then try and aim higher next season.
Mikey D
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13/03/2009 15:51:00

Big shout that Clint. I think the players should shoulder a large portion of the blame but Ince def lost the crowd and the dressing room as well. We should be higher but the table never lies. Lets keep going, secure our status for next year (thats all that matters at the moment) and then try and aim higher next season.
Mikey D
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