Big Sam delighted with Boton win

Niko Kalinic broke the deadlock shortly before half-time and

second-half strikes from substitute Jason Roberts and defender Gael

Givet secured Rovers’ biggest win of the season. Allardyce said:

“It was a fantastic day for us and a very important three points.

“It’s our biggest win of the season and four wins on the trot at

Ewood Park. We’re making everyone sit up and think what a game

they’re going to get here – and they certainly are.” The match was

not without alarm for Allardyce, with Wanderers enjoying a rare

spell of pressure during a heavy snowstorm early in the second half

with the score at 1-0, and Allardyce hailed the importance of Paul

Robinson’s excellent save from Chung-Yong Lee. But Junior Hoilett

and Steven Nzonzi could have extended the lead before Roberts’

scruffy goal, after which point Allardyce could relax once more.

“It was a difficult game,” he admitted. “One; because of the

weather, and two; it’s a local derby. “But we deserved a 1-0 lead

in the first half. We then sat back on that a little too much and

Bolton had their best spell and threatened that they might get

something. “But when the best chance of the game for them came

we’ve got Paul Robinson, who made a match-winning save. “Then we

got the biggest snowflakes you’ve ever seen in your life – I was

struggling to see the ball and the players almost, they were that

big! “Once we’d weathered that storm we had Junior Hoilett, with a

diving header that Jussi (Jaaskelainen) saved, and Steven Nzonzi

with the header, and I was wondering if and when the second goal

was going to come. “But when we got that it knocked the stuffing

out of Bolton and we just opened them up if and when we saw fit.

The third goal went in and it could have been four in the end,

perhaps five.” Bolton manager Owen Coyle offered no excuses after

admitting his players came up short of expectations at both ends of

the field. He said: “I was disappointed with our performance today.

It’s no excuse to say you’ve played a lot of games, we still expect

better that what we offered today. “I think there was a 20-minute

period at the start of the second half where we looked like

ourselves and could have had an equaliser. “We had bits and pieces

in the first half, which I thought was quite scrappy. Matt Taylor

probably had the best chance of the first half and it was a good

save. “We paid a heavy price and the goals we lost, I wouldn’t

expect to lose those goals in the school playground. “There were

two Blackburn players in offside positions for the second but they

didn’t affect the goal and Sam Ricketts was certainly playing

Roberts onside, the goalscorer, so there’s no argument there from

my point of view. “The third goal, we’ve allowed a short free-kick

to be taken and put no pressure on the ball. “That was really

disappointing given how well we’ve been defending of late – and

obviously not scoring, given the opportunities we had. “When you do

those two things well, you get results and points, and we didn’t do

that well enough today, it’s as simple as that.”