Allardyce - Injuries didn't help

17 May 2009 06:48
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce admitted his frustration in suffering more injuries in the defeat to Chelsea. Rovers were forced into substitutions when Gael Givet and Ryan Nelsen picked up knocks just before half-time. After falling behind to an early Florent Malouda header, the visitors then struggled to fend off a strong Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge as Nicolas Anelka doubled the scoreline. Allardyce confessed his disappointment after the game despite admitting it was a fair result. "I thought our first half performance was OK, we created good opportunities," he told Sky Sports. "I have to say I'm disappointed," he added, when commenting on Malouda's early blow. "It was a great header but I thought we could have done better on the goal. "Then we suffered what we've been suffering for the back half of the season with two injuries at half time. "Obviously that made life very difficult for us and we weren't as good in the second half which meant the game panned out as it should have done - a comfortable Chelsea win." Asked his plans for the summer transfer window, Allardyce said: "We'll probably make changes with the playing staff - I think that's inevitable. "I think the vast majority of the squad are good enough but we obviously have some natural wastage. Those players will leave and the ones we bring in will have to be better than what we've got. "It will be difficult with a limited budget but we'll scour the world for the best footballers we can find." He added: "Securing Premier League status is always our priority but now we must build on that for the fans."

Source: SKY_Sports