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Allardyce: Class acts sent us through
Published : 23 Sep 2009 07:52:00
Sam Allardyce highlighted Benni McCarthy's goal and Jason Brown's penalty save as two of the many positives from Blackburn's Carling Cup third-round victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. McCarthy scored the only goal of the game after 37 minutes, curling a dangerous right-foot free-kick into the box that evaded everyone inside a crowded penalty area and nestled in the far corner. Brown ensured Rovers would hold on for the win by producing a superb save to keep out Dexter Blackstock's well-struck spot-kick after Steven Reid clumsily handled the ball inside the box midway through the second half. He said: "Benni meant to do that, we practice it in training all the time. We always practice to hit the target as the goalkeeper can't do anything about it as there's a cluster of players there that may get a touch. "So if someone gets a touch it can go in and if someone doesn't the goalkeeper is left stranded and it goes in the back of the net. It's the quality of the ball from that angle to get it on target that was the difference in quality between the teams. "That outstanding free-kick and Jason Brown's absolutely superb penalty save from a very well-taken penalty was the quality that won us the game."