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Allardyce: We Would've Won With A Goalscorer

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce discusses his thoughts on our defeat at Liverpool on Sunday with Sky Sports.

Keith Andrews' penalty cancelled out Steven Gerrard's opener but no sooner had we finished celebrating that Liverpool had taken the lead against through Fernando Torres and 2-1 is how it finished at Anfield. Allardyce feels that it's that difference in quality in the attacking third that made the difference in this match as we didn't have someone that was able to take the chances created.

Allardyce told Sky Sports: "If we had a goalscorer we would have won, it is that simple. Chances came and went and we didn't convert them and unusually we had more chances than Liverpool today.

"But because we failed to convert them and they have Torres and Gerrard, who are superb finishers and superb players, and that is the difference and they made us pay and it is a great shame for the players with the effort they put in and the football they played and the chances they created.

"We can moan about the defending but the quality of their players is what Liverpool are about and why they are at the top of the league most seasons and we didn't have that, so sadly we have not managed to get the result we deserve.

"Even at half-time when we were 2-1 down I felt we were still going to get a result. Certainly we had enough of the lion's share of the play in the second half to get that equaliser but in front of goal we are not good enough at the moment, especially away from home.
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Rafael Benitez has complained about our bully boy tactics and feels that we should've had at least one player sent off, however, Big Sam feels that it's more down to the home fans influencing referee and that's what happened with Alan Wiley and why he gave so many fouls against us and issued some many yellow cards.

He added: "They are very, very good here at swaying people's decision making process that's what the crowd are good at and the Liverpool team for many, many years have been very, very good at it.

"Our frustration is that we have been deemed to have committed 25 fouls and five bookings and that is totally against the run of play when you look at the other stats and that is the disappointing thing for me.
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Personally (as much as it's been difficult for Big Sam to bring in players in many ways) can he really complain that much about not having a proven goalscorer when he'd been so unwilling to give the one that we did have any real run in the team and instead sold him in January without replacing him?? I'm talking about Benni McCarthy. It probably was the right time overall for everyone involved for a fresh start but the South African hadn't been given much chance under Big Sam during his time with us and no matter what we think of the striker he is a proven goalscorer!!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 1 2010

Time: 6:33PM

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"we would have won with a goalscorer" so why did the fat ******** sell Matt Derbyshire?
HuddersfieldYiddo
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01/03/2010 18:39:00

replace Torres and Gerrard with N'Gog and Babel... and we are better than them... lets be honest....
rover23
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01/03/2010 19:01:00

Didn't we just sell one in the january transfer window?
Rover_since74
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01/03/2010 19:02:00

love that rover23
adrogbafan
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01/03/2010 19:02:00

and i don't agree on that gerrard part
adrogbafan
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01/03/2010 19:03:00

I think that Sam is starting the process of putting pressure on the Board to fund the acquisition of a decent striker in the close season. As for Matty and Benni - not good enough and not bothered respectively. Matty had plenty of chances to impress bujt failed to do so and Benni and Sam were never going to see eye-to-eye so Benni had to go. In all honesty I don't think that we are missing him and he is certainly not tearing up trees in Cockneyland.
kevin e
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01/03/2010 19:19:00

Tell us something we don't know Sam, You sold are natural goalscorers and then waited til the last minute to replace em, lets be honest January's transfer window is not 1 day, but a whole month, Yes we played great on sunday and deserved to win, but moaning about the lack of a goalscorer falls at your door
glen9mullan
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01/03/2010 19:41:00

this excuse just does not make sense.
dominator2800
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01/03/2010 20:15:00

i wish i could place bets on Sam's post match complaints. Refs: -220, Personnel decisions:-105, Money limitations: +130, weather: +175, Himself: +10000
SoCal Rover
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01/03/2010 20:32:00

Its a shame that this is taking away from a good performance by us - We made a good show of ourselves and hopefully this will be the start of our play away from hime from now on... however, I wonder if we raised our game to play 'pool due to Sam's grudge match with the fat spanish waiter - I don't think he'll have us as fired up against his pal Redknap's spuds.
FreidelNo.1
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01/03/2010 20:52:00

...who has the fattest manager us or liverpool? I'd like to think Sam is in a league of his own but Rafa is no slim-jim!
FreidelNo.1
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01/03/2010 20:53:00

i hate to see Derbyshire go, but he's not physical enough to fit into Sam's tactics. Benni's talented but too lazy and unfit most of the time. But i'm pleased with our physical side of the game, excellent. Our drive and determination after going a goal down, we deserved at least a draw.
metalrover
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02/03/2010 00:20:00

ill try my best to persuade harry to give KEane for free
FiqYiddo_WHL
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02/03/2010 03:18:00

Right Sam!!! and by the way, my Granny just grew a pair of balls.
Red Rover
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02/03/2010 06:01:00

Derbyshire was a cracking super sub but struggled when playing from the start. Benni needed to leave as he wasnt arsed anymore and needed to leave. He was talented but him staying here wasnt an option. I think the only mistake Sam made was not having the foresight to sign a finisher if he wasnt able to just use Kalinic.
Mikey Delap
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02/03/2010 08:59:00

sam ruined benni though....and as for derbs, i really rated him, he could of flourished
sasman
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02/03/2010 15:06:00

He flourished under Hughes Derbyshire did because he was given the right chances at the right times. Ince ruined Derbs for me by playing him right wing!!! Allardyce just nudged him out the door... Benni contributed to his downfall mate by not hitting fitness targets set. Sam was hardly amazing with him but he is not the main culprit... that lies at Bennis door.
Mikey Delap
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02/03/2010 18:33:00

 

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