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Allardyce on Arteta and Defeat

Big Sam has shared his views after the weekend game where a cruel last minute goal robbed Rovers of a point.

The main talking points afterwards though, apart from the cracking goals Rovers bagged, was the sending off that never was for Mikel Arteta after the talented, yet highly arrogant individual poked Morten Gamst Pedersen in the eye.

As usual, Allardyce wanted his say!

Big Sam, speaking to rovers.co.uk said - 'He has poked him in the eye, it is clear and plain for everyone to see,'

'The rules are clear - you can't mess with anyone's face and that is pretty dangerous. It is a red card.

'Morten gets booked as well and that was a bizarre situation. That is young referees for you, he struggled to cope with some decisions today.

This is all fair comment where I am from. You cannot raise your hands and expect not to be punished. A yellow was a joke for an incident where Pedersen's vision could have been compromised. The ref did bottle it.

But the next, short bit is the part which has shocked me to my very core.

Big Sam is a well known buck passer and usually blames the defeat on some sort of refeering/opposition tactic/weather blunder.

So this next bit was right out of left field...

'But that was a not why we lost. For once our defending let us down.'

Good god.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 19 2010

Time: 8:59AM

Your Comments

Always tough to take a last minute defeat but some valid points here, would it have been a different game with 11 v 10?
Mikey Delap
Congratulations on Allardyce turning Blackburn into one of the dirtiest teams in EPL and Pedersen into a poor copy of Rory Delap. If the entire Blackburn tactic wasn’t build around “lets kick them out of the game” and targeting especially M. Arteta, who BTW is back from year long injury, that wouldn’t have happened. And to think that he was complaining about Cahill, when in fact his all team is bunch of butchers and embarrassment for the football make my head spinning. Last one - don’t confuse “highly arrogant individual” with a talented footballer being targeted by choppers with the only intend to injure him again.
stetos2000
oh dear. Where start. First off... Big Sam said to watch out for Cahill as he is a dangerous player who can score goals. Secondly, I havent confused a talented player with an arrogant person. Arteta is both! And Rovers gave everton a good game on Saturday. well done on your win but calling us butchers and embarrassment to football shows a scary lack of understanding on you part. When did you see butchers score two goals like that?! Just wondering.
Mikey Delap
Hmmm, both goals came from the nearest positions to the box you could get in, without punching or throwing the ball as long as you can, even the second one was a hopeful punt and a flick. You may like it or not but Allardyce really turned Balckburn into a team of butchers and the “progress” of Pedersen is testament to this, not to mention Andrews and you don’t denied that Arteta was targeted by Sam’s boys, as it was so blatant.
stetos2000
Again, sadly you are way off. The "progress" of Pedersen?! Pedersen has been fairly poor under Hughes and Ince as well, how do you explain that? Also how do you explain the emergence of Jones, Olsson and N'Zonzi under Allardyce? Punching and throwing the ball? So N'Zonzi taking a Dunn pass, dummying past that man Arteta was the closest we could get?! ha ha. Roberts goal was an aerial ball to Kalinic granted but a great through ball by Niko set Roberts on his way. I know it is easy to go with the media accepted cliches stetos but Vital is about voicing your own opinions and you are not putting much original thought or reasoning behind yours it seems. You also seem to forget Evertons second goal... how was scored?!? Throw, flick, head. Come on mate you can do better than this one one eyed nonsense.
Mikey Delap
I'd love to see this idiot pick out more than 5 dodgy tackles by Morten in all his years at Rovers. He has listened to what Arteta has said (who I had great respect for until he started talking *****e) and believed him because he can't form his own opinion. Pedersen is one of the least malicious footballers you will ever see. Arteta is paranoid about getting another injury which you would be after a long time out but to pick out Pedersen as a malicious player for literally tickling his ankle then in return trying to BLIND Pedersen is a joke and hipocritical.
fransavarese
Also coming onto VB and trying to preach your pathetic unsupported opinion upon Rovers fans isn't going to get you much more than abuse returned. You have tried to stick up for your team and give evidence to back your facts but failed miserably. I like Everton and you have a great manager but if you are a representation of the fans then you don't do much for the rep of your club.
fransavarese
ha ha, well in lads, stetos you haven't got a leg to stand on with your arguments. can you hear the stetos sing? no...no...
luke5045
stetos, talk to man u fans, and chelsea fans, and they will back us up... as our last 2 home games we played great against them... arteta is an arogant little pr*ck and our 2 goals were 10x better than yours.. so shut up.
rover23
FYI stetos Rovers are now higher in the fair play league that we ever were inder Hughes (when we finished last every year) And to add even if Arteta felt he was being 'targeted' he has no right to go sticking his finger in an opponents eye. What he did was inexcusable and very dangerous. We only have to look at how gouging is looked upon in rugby to see how serious the incident was. Why couldn't Arteta have a word with the ref? Oh and the ref clearly didnt see what happened so booked both players to be sure cos if he had I'm sure he would have sent Arteta off.
Durks
Good work that Durks, interesting to note that for the first time in four years, we will finish NOT BOTTOM of the fair play league!
Mikey Delap
I totally agree - the one thing Sam has done is stop us from fouling so much - unlike under Mark Hughes.
FreidelNo.1
 

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