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Defeat gives Allardyce the Blues
Published : 16 Aug 2009 09:13:00
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce was left frustrated after his side slumped to a 2-0 opening-day home defeat at the hands of Manchester City. New-boy Emmanuel Adebayor opened City's account after just three minutes and the visitors were forced to survive intense periods of pressure before Stephen Ireland coolly slotted home a stoppage-time second. "We are disappointed to get nothing out of the game," said Allardyce. "Shay Given made a number of really top class saves but it wasn't our day." Allardyce could not be critical of his side's defending for City's early opener, believing Stephen Warnock's untimely slip had provided the visitors with the opportunity to strike on the break. "City are going to be a danger on the break because of the players they have," he said. "Unfortunately Stephen Warnock lost his footing but still it only created a half-chance for them. But Adebayor's finish was superb. Paul Robinson has only made two saves in the entire game, so defensively we did well. We just couldn't score."