Roberts has Rovers future – Sam

Roberts scored the winner in Blackburn’s previous two games but did
not celebrate and his appearance in the second half against
Tottenham spurred Rovers into a late rally. “He is a player who
wanted to make a statement and is doing very well at it,” said
Allardyce after Saturday’s 4-2 Premier League defeat at White Hart
Lane. “He has played his way back into the team. “We said at the
end of the transfer deadline: ‘look you haven’t got where you
thought you were going to get. ‘You thought you were going to get
away and you haven’t. So you are still a part of the team and if
you prove you are the best player to play we will play you’. “He is
forcing his way in and is almost the number one selection for me.”
Roberts certainly made a difference as Rovers scored two late goals
but it was Blackburn’s defensive woes that had Allardyce most
annoyed. “At 1-0 we had two of our best chances of the game and
then going 2-0 down was the killer for us,” he admitted. “We took
control of the game in the first 20 minutes of the second half but
failed to score. “We then gifted Tottenham the third and it took
the pressure off them. We created enough chances to have scored
more. But unfortunately our defence failed to turn up.”