Allardyce hails glut of goals

A remarkable 35 goals were scored in nine matches over Saturday and
Sunday, thanks largely to 6-0 wins recorded by Arsenal, Chelsea and
Newcastle. With Chelsea having also won 6-0 on the opening day of
the season, the competition has got off to an exhilarating start –
but Allardyce does not think it will last long. “We’re all so glad
to be playing football again,” said Allardyce, whose side have been
one of the more circumspect, involved in a 1-0 win and a 2-1 loss.
“I think we are all excited to be back on the field. “Apart from
the World Cup players, it has been a long time since last May for
us. “We were all looking forward to the season and we all think we
are better than we were last season. “You’ll either start very well
or you’ll get caught out – generally that’s the case until it
levels itself out after eight or 10 games. “As time goes on it gets
tighter and tighter as we get used to who all the new players are
and the new systems. “When the pressure comes on throughout the
season the results tend to level themselves out a bit. “It is
something that is exciting everyone but what you don’t want as a
manager is to be on the end of one.” Blackburn began their season
with a hugely encouraging defeat of Everton but then slipped up at
Birmingham on Saturday. Allardyce remains perplexed by the St
Andrew’s result, feeling his side deserved to return home with at
least a point. He said: “Everton was a big result for us and a big
performance. “But, going away from home, Saturday was a better
performance all round apart from a couple of slips defensively.
“Birmingham got two goals that overall they didn’t deserve but
managed to get. “The overall performance was very good,
particularly for 20 minutes in the second half but because we
didn’t bury the opposition – poor finishing and outstanding
goalkeeping – we didn’t get far enough in front to cope with the
rest of the game. “A little bit of panic set in and a couple of
errors they capitalised on. “Instead of getting at least a point we
had none when we should have had three. That is the cruelty of the
Premier League.” Blackburn return to action on Tuesday as they take
on npower Championship side Norwich at Ewood Park in the second
round of the Carling Cup. Allardyce intends to make some changes
with a tough game against Arsenal at the weekend in mind, but his
options are limited by injuries to Vince Grella, Pascal Chimbonda,
Keith Andrews and David Dunn. All four are doubtful and unlikely to
feature. Allardyce said: “The side will be very experienced but
there will be some of the younger element involved. “We’re looking
forward to the game, I think it will be a very good match. “Their
focus will be on the league and securing their position after
getting promoted but they will want to come and enjoy it and get a
decent scalp if we can. “We have to try to avoid that and be as
professional as we were last year at Gillingham, when we won the
game comfortably.” Meanwhile, Allardyce is hoping to sign Bulgarian
striker Ivelin Popov this week. The 22-year-old has been on trial
at Ewood Park but Rovers denied claims by the player’s club Litex
Lovech last week that a deal had already been completed. Allardyce
said: “We had a little look at him and we are in tentative
negotiations. “He is a very good young prospect but whether all the
numbers stand up is another matter.” Allardyce is anxious to
recruit more firepower to supplement Niko Kalinic before the summer
transfer window closes. He added: “I don’t want to be doing
anything after Friday of this week – I don’t want to be panicking
or judging the market in the last couple of days of the window.”
Former Manchester City and Portsmouth forward Benjani has also been
training with Blackburn this month with a view to a possible deal.