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Allardyce Accepts Fans Booing But Defends Tactics

Allardyce Accepts Fans Booing But Defends Tactics

Rovers manager Sam Allardyce believes the booing that took place after the last game at Ewood Park two weeks ago was fine as the fans at the end of the day were having their say.

However, Big Sam has also tried to explain the tactics he used that day - saying it wasn't a desired way to play but the best way to play given the personel available.

Allardyce speaking to Sky Sports said - 'They pay their money, they can express whatever opinion they feel they need to based on what has turned up,'

'But you have to bear in mind that it was a very hot day, and both teams had played in very competitive Carling Cup ties during the week.

'It wasn't the pace or the level they are used to watching, and we took a different approach based on what was available to us.

'Franco (Di Santo) and Benni (McCarthy) were injured and we had to play Dunny (David Dunn) just off Jason (Roberts), so there was no point in us playing up there as quickly as we normally do because we didn't have the team to do that.

'We played a more patient and cautious game in terms of keeping possession and moving up the pitch a bit slower, so there is some frustration which has come out of that.

'But if you look at the stats, it was a complete dominance of a West Ham side that we should have beaten.

'The frustration is that we are all waiting for the first win - we thought that might be the day, and we didn't get it.'

I agree that is was frsutrating as West Ham were there for the taking but I think all will be forgotten if three valuable points are bagged tomorrow.

With the players that are back added to the good news that every Rovers player came back ok from international duty means we can expect a more attacking approach tomorrow - ala Man City on the opening day, but this time with goals!

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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Friday September 11 2009
Time: 8:42AM


I think Sam has made some valid points here but he also needs to expect the same sort of reactiomn tomorrow if 3 poitns are not achieved - with respect to Wolves we need 3 points tomorrow.
Mikey D
11/09/2009 08:47:00
Big Sam has been around the game for long enough to take things on the chin, and he will. He'll also not change (or be forced) into change by the fans. Booing your own side always seems a strange thing to do in my opinion but if people want to that's their choice I suppose.
11/09/2009 09:07:00
I think Sam played the percentages last game, we were without 3 strikers and although i like and rate Roberts he will never score too many goals ( more of a creater ) We simply needed to get points on the board, after 2 games which we should have got something out of and wasnt pretty but at the start of the season we needed to confidence of the point and the clean sheet, hopefully to bounce on from there against Wolves. I can understand fans booing, after all u pay ur money to be entertained by the club u support BUT on the other side the season is long and we didnt want to be slipping like we did with Ince...points are inportant - no matter how they are gained - - u will notice if Utd or such dig in and get a point against the likes of Barca, Inter etc they are resolute and determined, but clubs like Blackburn are considered boring and killing the game off - - tell me where is the difference?!?!?!?!?
11/09/2009 11:03:00
I agree Clint, but West Ham aren't Barca or Inter. We rested players mid-week for the Carling cup so they should have been fresh to face West Ham. We need to get as many points at home as possible and this I think are two points dropped.
11/09/2009 13:16:00
I agree Clint, but West Ham aren't Barca or Inter. We rested players mid-week for the Carling cup so they should have been fresh to face West Ham. We need to get as many points at home as possible and this I think are two points dropped.
11/09/2009 13:16:00
I was agreeing with clint, until he said he rated Jason Roberts.. The man is in a word. crap. doesnt have the skill to turn and shoot in the box, only thing he is good at is running the ball into the channels and holding it up.. but for a striker.. hes crap. He doesnt score goals, he will be 4th choice hopefully when Benny, Kalinic and Di Santo are all fit.. When are we going to see that McCarthy Kalinic forward line we all want eh? If its crappy 4-5-1 again on saturday, i will be seriously peeved.
11/09/2009 13:53:00
Kalinic and Di Santo would IMO be better than Benni and Niko... I would also say that similar to Heskey for England, Roberts fills a role that might not be widely appreciated but he does his job.
Mikey D
11/09/2009 14:19:00
Big Sam should get Big Samba up frunt an aim sum Big Balls up to is ead
11/09/2009 15:15:00
...spoken like a true schmuck!
11/09/2009 15:29:00
True mikey, but whats the point in playing di santo perm? hes going back to chelsea in january of just using him as a sub, unless big sam is planning biding for him in jan?
11/09/2009 16:40:00
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