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Allardyce: We Felt The Pressure

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce discusses his thoughts on our victory over Fulham on Sunday with Sky Sports.

Allardyce was delighted to see us end a run on nine Premier League matches without a win with a 2-0 win over Fulham at Ewood Park, however, he admits that he was happy to get this as we (in that match and in general) were starting to feel the pressure (as could be seen on Sunday).

Allardyce told Sky Sports: "People will look back at the last nine games or so and finally we've got that win.

"After the run that we've had it's nice to get a win. It was just too many draws in there and it so easily could have been those draws converted into wins with last minute chances that we've wasted and all of a sudden the pressure heaps upon you.

"We felt the pressure today there's no doubt about that.
"

The opening goal was a scrappy one and Big Sam also admits that it was fortunate, however, he feels this isn't the sort of fortune that we've been getting recently so it was a welcome change.

He added: "But then we got the first goal which is what we were looking for, and for the first time for a long time the bounce of the ball going for us.

"I think that on the corner, which we'll all admit was a poor corner, and it bounces back off Damien Duff on the line and Chris Samba finishes it off. That sort of bounce we haven't seen for a long time and in fairness to Chris he's put it in the back of the net and that settled us down.
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The timing of the second goal (which killed off Fulham) also pleased Allardyce, however, he was especially pleased with the defensive display and knows that ultimately winning is the most important thing in football however you get it!!

Big Sam also said: "What was important for me was a good, solid defensive unit today and the goalkeeper coming up with a save or two when we needed it.

"In the end it's not about how you win a game of football it's just making sure you've got to win it.

"Today it was probably an even game, in spells Fulham were better than we were.
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This was a win that was really needed for everyone and the pressure would've grown even more had it not come. Now that it has we'll be hoping that it can lead to plenty more victories?!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 18 2010

Time: 5:40PM

Your Comments

Ironic that it took the Admiral and Big Chris to seal the win - it's not like the strikers were gonna score the goals needed! How did Benni play, I only saw the highlights and had one good chance that they showed. Let's hope Sam plays two up-front on Wednesday - I am attending with 5 Villa fans!!
Wellsy10
we could win it if we play 4 - 4 - 2 and not one up front. benni played really well, one of the best if not th best out there against fulham
LHrover
We have a chance to get another three points against Wigan - if so - 6 points in two matches will hopefully restore a little self - belief - something that was sadly lacking against City and Villa (first half). At the moment I don't care who scores the goals - it could be Robinson for all I care - they all count. As for the Carling Cup, we have nothing to lose - we may as well go down all guns blazing as fade away with a 0-0 draw - I think BSA and the team will throw everything at 'em - especially as there is no need to conserve the players for a Saturday match.
YORK ROVER
Good to know that our opinions aren't for naught. Sam should feel the pressure. We have the talent to be a top 10 team. There is no reason why we should be lingering near the relegation zone.
SoCal Rover
I am glad Sam has taken a little bit of fan criticism and turned it into a positive. That does show growth on his part. I dont care how the points/goals come about as long as they are delivered... and set pieces seem the way forward when players are low on confidence/wins.
Mikey Delap
 

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