Allardyce short on attacking options

22 August 2010 02:00
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is resigned to relying on the same limited striking options for the rest of the year. Rovers were left to curse their failure to take their chances on Saturday after dominating much of the game against Birmingham at St Andrew's before going down to a 2-1 defeat. Steven Nzonzi gave the visitors the lead but Morten Gamst Pedersen had earlier missed a penalty and Nikola Kalinic hit the post with a free header from six yards, allowing Craig Gardner to clinch victory with two goals for City. Kalinic battled hard on his own up front, with Manchester United loanee Mame Biram Diouf joining him off the bench, and, with Allardyce inviting offers for Jason Roberts, that is basically the extent of Blackburn's forward options. The Rovers boss is hoping to sign another striker before the transfer window shuts at the end of August but admitted he does not expect to find what he is looking for in England and that any recruit from abroad would need time to adapt. "We're trying but I wouldn't say we're close to anything at the moment," said Allardyce. "There are a number of frontmen that are available; we've got to find out whether we consider them to be good enough to come into this league and produce the goals that we need. We've got to go with the lads we've got."

Source: PA

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