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Allardyce: We Lacked Cutting Edge

Allardyce: We Lacked Cutting Edge

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce bemoaned the fact that Rovers failed to threaten Stoke City's goal enough during the 1-0 defeat on Saturday.

Rovers didn't threaten Steve Sorensen in the Stoke goal enough and Allardyce puts this down to the injuries that we have suffered in key areas, most notably in the striking areas. Allardyce was able to name Benni McCarthy and El Hadji Diouf but didn't think that their pairing got the best out of them as the qualities they need around them were lacking.

Allardyce told Sky Sports: "We've got Benni (McCarthy) and (El-Hadji) Diouf obviously, but Diouf doesn't play up there that much and Benni always needs the bigger man with him, whether that's a Jason (Roberts) or a Roque (Santa Cruz).

"We haven't got them and we have to deal with that and make sure we overcome those problems and produce a performance that can win next week.
"

Before the defeat at the Britannia Stadium recent Rovers defeats had been against sides in the higher reaches of the Premier League, so weren't anywhere near as terminal as the Stoke defeat might be and Big Sam knew this, but he also knows that we now MUST get those all important wins as we enter the final matches of the season.

He added: ""We are disappointed but it's the first time we've lost to anybody around us since I've been here.

All the four defeats prior to this were against the top five sides and we've got to make sure on Sunday we go all out for those three points and deal with the pressure that comes our way.

"We need to produce a performance under that pressure and try to get that all-important win.
"

We still have our own destiny in our own hands, however, defeats against sides also battling against relegation could really hurt us when all is said and done!!!


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Writer:Walker
Date:Sunday April 19 2009
Time: 7:01PM

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Not what we asked for but the Boro and Newcastle results have bailed us out big time... we need Jason roberts back straight away.
Mikey D
19/04/2009 19:34:00
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Not what we asked for but the Boro and Newcastle results have bailed us out big time... we need Jason roberts back straight away.
Mikey D
19/04/2009 19:34:00
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what could we expect when our center midfield were made up of the axe, andrews, and warnock?
dominator2800
20/04/2009 03:25:00
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what could we expect when our center midfield were made up of the axe, andrews, and warnock?
dominator2800
20/04/2009 03:25:00
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I am at a loss as to why we didn't play anyone creative in the centre? Is Dunn still not fit?
Money4midfield
20/04/2009 07:36:00
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I am at a loss as to why we didn't play anyone creative in the centre? Is Dunn still not fit?
Money4midfield
20/04/2009 07:36:00
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Dunn and Grella were deemed not ready for a full 90/ Diouf and Morten were the creators, the problem was Benni up front on his own in my eyes...
Mikey D
20/04/2009 08:44:00
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Dunn and Grella were deemed not ready for a full 90/ Diouf and Morten were the creators, the problem was Benni up front on his own in my eyes...
Mikey D
20/04/2009 08:44:00
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i think roberts is the biggest loss. we really needed someone to hold up the ball and keep possession. that being said, its pointless without another striker/finishing midfielder and big sam is not keen to play two up front away from home
retroflair31
20/04/2009 08:55:00
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i think roberts is the biggest loss. we really needed someone to hold up the ball and keep possession. that being said, its pointless without another striker/finishing midfielder and big sam is not keen to play two up front away from home
retroflair31
20/04/2009 08:55:00
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