Roberts chasing European dream

Three points against their Lancashire rivals at Ewood Park left

them with an 11-point cushion to the Premier League relegation

zone. Roberts told ESPN: “Today we said we were looking to win the

game and look up towards Europe. We don’t want to be looking behind

our backs. “It’s going to be tough but it’s better looking up than

down.” The first goal came from £6million signing Nikola

Kalinic four minutes before the break, and second-half strikes from

Roberts and Gael Givet ensured Rovers claimed their fourth

successive home league win. Roberts said: “That’s the key thing –

our away form hasn’t been great, we need to improve that, but if we

can keep picking up points at home we’ll be okay.” Rovers manager

Sam Allardyce added: “It’s our biggest win of the season and we’ve

been threatening for a long time on chances created. “We had to

withstand a bit of pressure from Bolton in the second half but we

did that and did it very well. “We got a clean sheet and three

goals and sent the fans home very, very happy. “We can look up

instead of down now and see how high we can finish.” Allardyce was

impressed with the contribution from 22-year-old Kalinic, who has

taken his time to establish himself in the Rovers team.

“£6million for a frontman is a drop in the ocean today,” said

Allardyce. “We decided to go young and invest in someone who can

get better and better. “Niko has come through and said ‘I’m worthy

of a place in the side’. “You could see his quality today. I’m

delighted for him and I’m delighted for everyone.” With his side’s

next three Premier League games against Liverpool, Tottenham and

Chelsea, Allardyce said: “We can look at those now and we can try

and take something from the top end, which would be a bit of cream

on top of the cake. “Anything we can get off Liverpool or Aston

Villa or Man United or Chelsea is a bonus for us.” Bolton boss Owen

Coyle felt his players were slow out of the blocks. “First half we

didn’t get to the performance level we’ve been at of late,” he

said. “I felt we played for 20 minutes of the game at the start of

the second half and we could have got the equaliser. “We’ll pick

ourselves up and we’ll go again.” With no goals scored in their

last five league games, Coyle added: “It has to be rectified very

soon. “It’s not as though we’re not making chances, we made great

chances today. “The boys just have to keep believing in

themselves.”