Big Sam laments missed chances
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce lamented his side's finishing after they started the season with a 2-0 home defeat by Manchester City. Emmanuel Adebayor gave City a third-minute lead before Stephen Ireland sealed victory with a stoppage-time strike. But Rovers might have earned a share of the spoils having posed plenty of problems for the visitors. The home side had a host of decent openings while City goalkeeper Shay Given pulled off two fine saves to deny Chris Samba and Jason Roberts. "I'm certainly not too discouraged by the performance," Allardyce told Sky Sports. "But we're in the results business so I'm disappointed that we didn't turn a good performance into a result. "At the very least, I think we should have had a draw out of this game. We've done our best to score, certainly in the first half. "Shay Given's pulled off some very good saves, which you'd expect him to do, but perhaps not quite so many in the first 45 minutes. "We fell for the early goal, which was a great finish but a little unfortunate with Stephen Warnock slipping. "In the end, it's a disappointing day because we wanted to come out of this game with something on the board." Rovers sold Roque Santa Cruz to City for £17.5million this summer and Allardyce has since invested £6m on Croatia international Nikola Kalinic, who is still waiting on a work permit. City also splashed out on Adebayor and Carlos Tevez this summer, bringing their total spend on strikers to almost £70million, and Allardyce felt their new £25million man Adebayor was the difference between the two sides. "It's our misfortune that when the chances dropped down, we didn't quite finish them off," he added. "We did everything but score, and at the end of the day, you pay millions and millions for that quality of finishing. "The ones who can turn a half-chance into a goal get you more wins, and we couldn't convert really good chances into goals today, never mind half-chances. "I'd say Adebayor's was only half a chance and it was a great finish. I can't think of any other chances Man City really had after that. "There were a couple of good saves by Paul Robinson from Robinho but after all that, we still lost 2-0. "We'll try to take the encouragement out of the performance up to Sunderland and it has to be coupled with a result."
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