Big Sam wants more from McCarthy

The South Africa international scored his first Premier League goal

of the season with the 30th-minute opener in Boxing Day’s 1-1 draw

at Wigan. However, he also saw a close-range overhead kick

brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Chris Kirkland in the second half.

With a number of other opportunities going begging, Allardyce is

keen to halt a run of just one win in their last seven matches,

starting at home to Sunderland on Monday. “My message to the

players is to continue to play like that and keep creating those

chances and eventually we will put enough away to win a game,” said

the Rovers boss. “Benni scored his first (league) goal and it

probably would have been two had we had more fortune in front of

goal. “His overhead kick 99 times out of 100 would be a goal and

that would have been 2-1 but it hits Chris in the face and it goes

down as a great save but I don’t think he knew much about it. “It

was more like a home performance from Benni, which is very

important because he is a very talented link player for us.”

Allardyce knows McCarthy is desperate to feature at next summer’s

World Cup and hopes that can be a motivating factor. But the

Blackburn manager is just concentrating on getting the 32-year-old

– and his other goal-shy forwards – to score more as they have

recorded just two goals in their last seven league matches. “He

needs to feature for South Africa in the World Cup because, one, it

is his last chance, and, two, it’s in his own country,” said

Allardyce of McCarthy. “It would be ludicrous to think he didn’t

want to play for them but I’m not interested in that. He might be

but I’m not. “I’m more interested in him playing for us like he did

yesterday and scoring more goals because he is our highly-talented

player who has not scored as many as we would like. “Many others on

the front line are guilty of the same. Most of our players on the

front line are way down on the goalscoring chart in terms of what

we expected them to get this year. “That is why we are drawing too

many games and not winning them. “I just think it is not bouncing

for us or going the right way for us.”