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Allardyce calls for unbeaten finish

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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has set his players the target of remaining unbeaten in their remaining five matches as he believes that will be enough to keep them in the Barclays Premier League.

A 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Saturday leaves Rovers three points above third-bottom Middlesbrough with a month to save themselves. But with 34 points already secured Allardyce believes if they can avoid defeat against Wigan, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Chelsea and West Brom they will escape the drop.

"It is a difficult situation to be in but we are outside of the bottom three and are in the best position we have been since I took over," he said.

"When I took over we had 13 points from 17 games and we have had a long, hard battle to get where we have got now and we are still three very valuable points off that bottom three.

"Making sure we don't lose another game is key to us now. With five games left, if we don't lose I think we will be okay.

"But we have to try to get a win as early as we can and if we can't win make sure we don't lose.

"There is only Chelsea that is difficult for us, all the other games I think we can get something out of.

"We have three very important home games, Wigan, Portsmouth and West Brom (on the final day of the season) but we don't want to go to the last game, we want to secure our Premier League status as soon as possible."

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