Allardyce bigs up baby Diouf
Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has paid tribute to starting debut man Mame Birmam Diouf after his three goal salvo put Rovers into the next round of the Carling Cup at the expense of Norwich City.
Diouf Mark II had only been used as a sub up to last night but with Niko rested it was up to the on-loan Man United striker to try and find the net - which he did with aplomb.
Big Sam was even under the impression he could have helped himself to a few more!
Sam spoke to Sky Sports - "Diouf scored three very good goals but could have scored more than that - the easiest one he missed when he headed it on to the bar,"
'A hat-trick for one of our players is always very encouraging and hopefully he can carry on scoring in the Premier League.
'But he took up lovely positions; for the first goal he drifts off to the far post, gets himself unmarked and waits for the flick-on and then runs in and taps it in.
'His third one he pulls away unmarked at the far post, Morten (Gamst Pedersen) floats in a lovely ball and he couldn't really miss that one.
'He does look a natural goalscorer in that he drifts into the right positions and that is not coachable.
'If we put balls in those sort of areas he will get on the end of them and that is not what we have got really.'
What was it that Paul Robinson said? 'It's nice to have a Diouf that scores goals!'