End product must improve - Allardyce

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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has called on his side to be more ruthless in front of goal as they continue their fight against the drop with a trip to Fulham on Wednesday.

Rovers have lost just twice in the last 10 league games but remain in the relegation zone after three wins in that sequence and, perhaps more tellingly, three goalless draws.

"There's good character, there's good spirit, but they've just got to get that end product that little bit better and be a little more ruthless in front of goal," he said.

"We've been working extremely hard on the defensive side so as not to be easy to score against and in the main that has been very good.

"But it's not just about the front men scoring, it's about whoever gets the opportunity, has that golden chance to score, needs to make sure that they do.

"Up to now we've been very close in terms of our overall play of just playing our way out of it, but we miss that end product.

"We weren't conceding goals any more but we couldn't find the one goal which was going to get us the all-important three points, so we ended up drawing five and winning three instead of winning at least five and only drawing three."

Allardyce feels Roy Hodgson's side may be there for the taking after a bad week at Craven Cottage in which they were beaten at the death by Hull and hammered in the FA Cup by Manchester United.

"This is our game in hand, if we come away with a point it takes us out of the bottom three," he said. "The win would obviously be great because it stretches that points difference that little bit farther and we'd maximise that game in hand. But if we can't win it, make sure we don't lose it.

"You have to look at recent form and results and say they have had a little blip. We could be playing them at a good time, mentally they might be a little drained because of their last two games."

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