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Big Sam urges Blackburn to bounce back

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is determined to ensure his players are focused for the visit of Fulham tomorrow and do not dwell upon their Carling Cup disappointment.

Rovers' hopes of reaching Wembley look slim after they were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final at Ewood Park on Thursday night.

As well as putting Villa firmly in the driving seat for next week's return leg, the result also means Rovers have gone nine games in all competitions without a win and Allardyce knows his players must quickly get their minds back on the job of picking up points in the Premier League.


"They were relatively down on the fact they thought they had done enough to at least get a draw (from the Villa match)," Allardyce said. "That's something we can't dwell on any more because games are coming thick and fast.

"We can ponder over that game for a short time, but really we need to put that to one side and focus totally on Fulham."

With the second leg of the semi-final coming just three days after tomorrow's match, Allardyce is also wary of his players letting their thoughts drift too far ahead.

"They cannot just be looking after themselves for Wednesday's match at Villa Park," Allardyce said. "That's one of the big tests for me and the staff here, to make sure the lads give their very best on Sunday to get that three points."