Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Tuesday March 23 2010
Allardyce, speaking to Sky Sports said -'The performance in the second half, irrespective of what Ancelotti said that we played long and all that rubbish again, shows we have another top coach who is unable and unwilling to give us the credit we deserved, which is a bit of a shame,'
'Considering how many top players we had out, which was more than Chelsea, it was a fantastic result and a great performance in the second half with some really good football played.
'There's no doubt I have this tag, but just because it has followed me - which as I've always said is a perception not a reality anyway - it shouldn't apply to my players.
'As always, when you're one of the smaller clubs that gets a big result against one of the big boys then you very rarely get the praise you deserve. In particular, it now seems, from the coach you are up against, which is a great shame.
'Ancelotti is a big man in the world of football, but for me he has come down in my estimation after listening to his interview on Sunday.'
Allardyce, defending his corner, has made it clear that since his arrival at Blackburn that he has tried to get the team playing with flair.
The long ball tag though will live on with Allardyce and he will probably take it to the grave.
The Big Man continued - 'I'm okay with it (the long-ball tag), but I just know it's not a true reflection of me or the team, they have always gone out and tried their best, and particularly at home have been very entertaining and played some great football this season.
'Even away from home we've played far too much football, if you like, at places such as Liverpool and Tottenham. We've ultimately paid the price because we have ended up being exposed defensively due to our attacking flair in those games.'
Allardyce is fairly sure of himself though that when the 'big team' is upset by the 'little team' the remarks made by the managers are often to hide their own frustrations.
I concur with this as some of the top 4 managers in particular are very poor losers and rarely blame themselves.... much like a woman!
Sam set off again - 'I even heard Wenger try to tag Martin O'Neill with it, you have to try and read between the lines and, if you do then you might not see it the way they do, and instead see it in the correct manner.
'It's to cover themselves, their own deficiencies in the main, because your team has done better than theirs on that particular day. Because it shouldn't have done, they need to find some excuse to divert the attention away from themselves.'
We covered this the other week but it has surfaced again.
I would take it as a compliment that Chelsea's manager is bothered about us. If they had just won 3-0 he would have barely raised an eyebrow.
Rovers have played long ball a fair bit this season but often can turn on the charm as well.
And wasn't it Chelsea thumping it long when we equalised on Sunday???
Date:Tuesday March 23 2010
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