Sam: Takeover not affecting Rovers

Two rival consortiums are considering a takeover bid but Allardyce

said: “I don’t think it affects the players, it’s in the back of

your mind and some players’ minds if and when it’s going to happen,

but it doesn’t affect you. “It’s always been there ever since I’ve

been here. The club has always been for sale from the day I first

walked in and the chairman told me that. “Because recently there

has been some interested parties doing some due diligence you do

think a little bit more about it.” Blackburn take on Sunderland

tonight in their first home game for four weeks with Allardyce

stressing the need for victory. He said: “We have not played at

Ewood for a month, it has been a long time. We want to excite the

fans and give them an entertaining game and win three points. “We

had 13 clean sheets last season and that’s one of the things I have

talked about, and that we must be more clinical with our finishing.

“Generally the teams that finished around mid-table last season had

a good home record but didn’t win enough points away. We were like

that and so were Sunderland. “I hope for my old mate Steve Bruce

that it carries on like that, I don’t want to see him coming here

and his team producing one of their best away performances and

getting a victory! “We have to be on top of our game and make sure

we get back to winning ways at Fortress Ewood.” David Dunn is

expected to play some part for Blackburn after recovering from a

hamstring strain but Vince Grella is still missing with the same

problem. Keith Andrews is also out after having an operation on a

groin injury while Ryan Nelsen is a doubt with a thigh problem.