Roberts chasing European dream

21 February 2010 02:37
Three points against their Lancashire rivals at Ewood Park left them with an 11-point cushion to the Premier League relegation zone.[LNB]Roberts told ESPN: "Today we said we were looking to win the game and look up towards Europe. We don't want to be looking behind our backs.[LNB]"It's going to be tough but it's better looking up than down."[LNB]The first goal came from £6million signing Nikola Kalinic four minutes before the break, and second-half strikes from Roberts and Gael Givet ensured Rovers claimed their fourth successive home league win.[LNB]Roberts said: "That's the key thing - our away form hasn't been great, we need to improve that, but if we can keep picking up points at home we'll be okay."[LNB]Rovers manager Sam Allardyce added: "It's our biggest win of the season and we've been threatening for a long time on chances created.[LNB]"We had to withstand a bit of pressure from Bolton in the second half but we did that and did it very well.[LNB]"We got a clean sheet and three goals and sent the fans home very, very happy.[LNB]"We can look up instead of down now and see how high we can finish."[LNB]Allardyce was impressed with the contribution from 22-year-old Kalinic, who has taken his time to establish himself in the Rovers team.[LNB]"£6million for a frontman is a drop in the ocean today," said Allardyce.[LNB]"We decided to go young and invest in someone who can get better and better.[LNB]"Niko has come through and said 'I'm worthy of a place in the side'.[LNB]"You could see his quality today. I'm delighted for him and I'm delighted for everyone."[LNB]With his side's next three Premier League games against Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea, Allardyce said: "We can look at those now and we can try and take something from the top end, which would be a bit of cream on top of the cake.[LNB]"Anything we can get off Liverpool or Aston Villa or Man United or Chelsea is a bonus for us."[LNB]Bolton boss Owen Coyle felt his players were slow out of the blocks.[LNB]"First half we didn't get to the performance level we've been at of late," he said.[LNB]"I felt we played for 20 minutes of the game at the start of the second half and we could have got the equaliser.[LNB]"We'll pick ourselves up and we'll go again."[LNB]With no goals scored in their last five league games, Coyle added: "It has to be rectified very soon.[LNB]"It's not as though we're not making chances, we made great chances today.[LNB]"The boys just have to keep believing in themselves."[LNB][LNB]

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