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Allardyce Points The Finger At Atkinson

Allardyce Points The Finger At Atkinson

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce discusses his thoughts on our Carling Cup defeat at Aston Villa on Wednesday with Sky Sports.

Rovers' Carling Cup dream ended on Wednesday after a 6-4 defeat at Villa Park (meaning we lost 7-4 on aggregate) but this wasn't without some controversial moments that Allardyce believes costs us a place at Wembley. After going 2-0 up through Nikola Kalinic former Rover Stephen Warnock (after a foul on Ryan Nelsen from Gabriel Agbonlahor) put Villa back in the match and then television replies seem to show that Agbonlahor handled the fourth Villa goal.

Allardyce told Sky Sports News: "I have just been looking at the fourth goal, I can believe what I have seen today - not just one decision, but Agbonlahor's handball, Milner shot going wide and it hits both his arms and goes in.

"The big one is the first one [Warnock goal], yes we could take some responsibility but that is the major one and that is what has cost us most of all.

Big Sam also bemoaned the sending off of Christopher Samba towards the end of the first half as he felt it was harsh, however, he didn't blame the referee (Martin Atkinson) for that as by the letter of the law the defender had to go.

He added: "He perhaps tackled with the wrong leg and he has a split second to make a decision. They want to outlaw tackling and because this looks like a penalty he has given it. I can't blame him for sending him off as that is the rule, even though it is a daft rule - he was trying to make a genuine attempt for the ball."

However, in general it is Atkinson that Big Sam feels should take a large amount of the blame for our Semi-Final exit.

Allardyce also said: "He was a major factor, no doubt about it and the players are majorly disappointed, we didn't have this in the first game.

"The club itself have had six semi-finals in recent years, and if you lose it is the hardest thing to take. It is not often you get the chance to get there, and you don't want to be blaming yourself and unfortunately we can look at other people and say they are to blame.

Atkinson (and his officials) did make some wrong decisions, however, even without these and had the two controversial goals been ruled out then we would've still conceded four goals and gone out. I know that things could've been different had this happened but we're out and no amount of blaming people for this will change it, it's hard but we'll accept this and have to hope that the fighting performance (with ten men for most of the match) can be carried forward into the Premier League now and we'll build on our win over Fulham from last Sunday.


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Date:Thursday January 21 2010
Time: 9:04AM


it was a foul on nelson, and a handball by heskey, this won them the game in the end. it lifted their crowd and players and they got back into it. without this ba decision, i feel we would of won it
21/01/2010 09:15:00
i think we should maybe move a way from blaming people Yes the ref got a couple fo decisions wrong but for me it is time to appreciate the game for what it was - a cracking game. I am gutted though.
Mikey Delap
21/01/2010 09:36:00
It takes two good teams to make a good game and you should be proud of your lads for their effort. I would agree that both matches were littered with refereeing howlers but isn't that what generates so much discussion afterwards. Two sets of people see the same incidents totally differently. I'm not going to go through them as we'd never agree! The very best of luck for the rest of the season!
21/01/2010 09:40:00
Yup, no point bleating, we had 2 blatant penalty claims in the first leg which were not given, so it's evened itself out. Incidently, Ryan Nelson went down too easy, Agbonlahor hardly touched him.
21/01/2010 09:43:00
The foul on Nelson perhaps, but where in the world exactly was the deliberate handball from big Emile? If there's one thing worse than fans that are sore losers, it's having the manager do it!
21/01/2010 10:06:00
it wasnt deliberate, but the ball did hit his hand and go through to warnock, cant complain though, in all honesty if givet had closed down young then the cross wouldnt have gone in in the first place, still both sides played a cracker and we didnt deserve to lose.
21/01/2010 10:34:00
What about the two penalties Villa should have had in the first leg? Moan all you want but over the two legs it was a fair result.
21/01/2010 10:42:00
It was a fair result moocher - you are correct - we can't do anything about it now. However, the penalty appeals in the first leg = Agbonlahor dived and Chimbonda did as much as Agbonlahor did to deflect Milner's goal in... So not penalties. 2nd leg - you're first goal should not have stood, simple as that. That incident changed the match.
21/01/2010 11:47:00
I can understand his anger as passions run high just after a game. Some lovely balanced views from you Rovers fans here and I salute you for that.
The Fear
21/01/2010 12:05:00
Fair result in the end the gap between both teams isn't as big as most believe, when we play football not the hoof!!! as for the sore losers? villa would be saying the same as us!! if it happened to them? the push on Nelson was a foul and the turning point. Nelson would never have gone down if he could have cleared it!!! what would be the point?? as for agbonlahor he goes down as quick, fast and as easy as any premiership player!!! at the end of the day villa had the edge and that's it but that's what takes you to finals. For Rovers if we carry on like we played for the first half we will turn the corner. Lets hope BFS lets the lads play.
21/01/2010 12:12:00
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