Allardyce makes winning start

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Blackburn Rovers responded to Sam Allardyce's appointment as their new manager in midweek with a remarkable 3-0 victory over Stoke at Ewood Park.

Benni McCarthy gave them the ideal start when drilled home a ninth-minute penalty after Morten Gamst Pedersen was felled by Ibrahima Sonko.

Jason Roberts stabbed home another nine minutes later before McCarthy added his second in the 27th minute and was denied a hat-trick by a post after the interval.

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Morten Gamst Pedersen
Stoke City
Ibrahima Sonko
Blackburn Rovers
Premier League
Jason Roberts
Ibrahima Sonko

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