Big Sam fights accusations
Sam Allardyce has defended Blackburn's disciplinary record in the wake of Danny Murphy's tackling comments.
Last Updated: 15/10/10 8:10am
Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has defended the club's disciplinary record in the wake of Danny Murphy's tackling comments.
The Fulham midfielder alleged that teams such as Blackburn, Stoke and Wolves go out onto the pitch with the sole purpose of rattling the opposition.
Murphy was unhappy with the spate of bad tackles that have blighted the game of late, saying that managers should accept their fair share of the responsibility.
Allardyce was displeased Murphy singled the club out for criticism as it gives the wrong impression of Blackburn, who have one of the league's better disciplinary records this season.
The Rovers boss insists he would never send out a team to intentionally hurt an opposition player and that the disciplinary facts surrounding the club this term speaks for itself.
Allardyce says his players are unhappy that Murphy labelled some of the modern day tackles as 'brainless', stating they are angry about the experienced midfielder's choice of wording.
"I think it's very unfortunate that I have to sit here and defend myself, the players and Blackburn Rovers football club," he said on Sky Sports News.
"It should be unnecessary that I have to do it, but considering the allegation that was made by Danny, which was totally and utterly wrong, I had to.
"Myself as a manager, this football club and its players in its disciplinary terms since I've been here have improved enormously.
"We've reduced the average booking record. We've reduced the number of sending offs. We are not dirty. We never go out to injure a player. I never send a player out to go and try and injure an opposition player. We're too professional for that.
"We've had to pull up the stats and facts to show you exactly where we lie in terms of our disciplinary record. I think in the league's disciplinary table we're actually fourth. That's how good we are this year.
"Since I've been here it's been the best disciplinary record over the five years at the football club. I think that speaks volumes for what we really are. People like Danny Murphy are giving a perception that isn't true. I hate perception. There's far too much of it in the game. We should stick to the reality.
"The players are very, very angry about what Danny called it. Was it 'brainless' or 'mindless'? I think that's an outrageous statement to make. The players are unhappy about that.
"What we don't want is any backlash from those suggestions because they are unfounded. The backlash is that people's perception out there is that we're dirty side now and we're not, and we never have been."