Big Sam fires player warning
Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce says none of his players can complain if he sticks with his Carling Cup team for the Premier League visit of Aston Villa. Allardyce responded to last weekend's 3-0 league defeat at Everton by making 10 changes to his starting line-up for the cup trip to Nottingham Forest. He was rewarded with a 1-0 win at the City Ground as South African striker Benni McCarthy's goal secured a place in the fourth round. Only veteran full-back Michel Salgado started both games and Allardyce must now decide who to keep faith with for Saturday's clash with Villa. The Rovers manager feels that there can be no complaints from any members of his squad if does not recall those players left out of the Forest tie. "The players who were left out will look over their shoulder after the result at Forest," said Allardyce. "But I don't have much of a [selection] dilemma because nobody last Sunday can argue if they get left out. "I want people battering my door down because they think they shouldn't be left out. Unfortunately that won't be the case. We will make one or two changes (for Aston Villa on Saturday)."
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