Allardyce slams Rovers for second-half shambles

25 October 2009 09:08
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce launched a scathing attack on his team after their 5-0 defeat at Chelsea - labelling their second-half performance as "pathetic" and claiming his players lacked mental toughness and resilience away from home. Gael Givet's own goal gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at the break but Frank Lampard's brace, one from the penalty spot, and other strikes from Didier Drogba and Michael Essien earned the hosts a resounding victory and sent them back to the top of the Barclays Premier League. "The second half was pathetic," declared Allardyce. "I didn't see that coming. I felt we had set our stall out to frustrate Chelsea as best we could and it worked very well in the first half. "We knew it would have been difficult to get something out of the game, but why throw a game plan that is working so well out of the window? That is what I cannot understand. "At the moment they are not good enough. Bottom line. Mentally resilient? Not there. Physically challenge the opposition? Not there. "If you play football away from home in the Premier League, it doesn't get you results. You need all the elements to go with it and we have not got them away from home."

Source: Eurosport