Thursday 23 November 2017

Allardyce in bullish mood over Rovers' meteoric rise

Blackburn 3
Wolves 0

Peter Gardner

Sam Allardyce claims with some justification that Blackburn rarely receive the credit they deserve -- more so when their Bolton neighbours are emerging flavour of the month with a brand of attractive, attacking football that has elevated them to sixth in the table.

It could be that roles will be reversed when two clubs existing in the shadows of more glamorous Manchester and Liverpool rivals meet in a Sunday shoot-out that takes Allardyce back to the club he once managed with distinction.

Three successive home victories temporarily took Rovers to eighth. Further success at the Reebok next weekend will enable them to leapfrog Wanderers as both strive for European qualification, recognition each has enjoyed on a minor scale in recent seasons.

Allardyce, however, remains bullish. "Let's face, we don't get much credit. That's the way it is; we are a small-town club, but we are enjoying ourselves. The reality is we have won four out of the last six and are way ahead of last season's points total at this stage"

Ewood Park form is providing a solid foundation for their rise up the table and Saturday's latest victory consigned a wretched Wolves to bottom place.

The reality for Wolves is that they head towards Christmas with a relegation fight on their hands. Manager Mick McCarthy, scathing at his team's poor defending, said: "We've just got to keep going and working on it."

Yet it could have so different had Wolves not found Paul Robinson in excellent form and not twice hit the framework early on. David Dunn's first goal of the season settled home nerves; Brett Emerton doubled the advantage shortly before the break, after which Ryan Nelsen confirmed Rovers' superiority. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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