We have to hold our nerve - Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce believes the rest of the Barclays Premier League campaign will be a war of nerves for Blackburn after his side slipped back into the bottom three.

A goalless draw at home to Everton might have counted as a creditable result but Stoke's win over Bolton saw Allardyce's men drop back into trouble.

"Some of the other results have not gone our way and it does help if other teams are slipping up," he said. "We are back in the bottom three but on the positive side we have picked up another valuable point, we have only lost two matches in 10 games, and our only away defeat was at Manchester United."

He added: "The one game we have in hand on most of the other teams could end up being critical.

"We should have been well out of it by now but we are not so we just have to hold our nerve, use our experience and fight and scrap to the bitter end."

Jason Roberts had the best chance of the match when he was through on goal only to be denied by Tim Howard, while Stephen Warnock rattled the bar with a free-kick.

Everton's best chance came from Steven Pienaar in the first half when he brought a brilliant save out of stand-in keeper Jason Brown, while Joleon Lescott's volley at the end came close to stealing victory for the visitors.

Everton manager David Moyes admitted to feeling some frustration.

"They had a good chance in the second half but we had a really good one in the first half when Steven had a good opportunity, and I thought he should have scored," he said. "We are disappointed, because we wanted to take three points.

"But teams have no divine right to go to places such as Blackburn and Newcastle and think they can walk all over them."

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