Allardyce wants more goals from McCarthy

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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is eager for striker Benni McCarthy to get among the goals again as squandered chances are currently costing Rovers valuable points.

The South Africa international scored his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season with the 30th-minute opener in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Wigan. However, he also saw a close-range overhead kick brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Chris Kirkland in the second half.

"My message to the players is to continue to play like that and keep creating those chances and eventually we will put enough away to win a game," said the Rovers boss.

"Benni scored his first (league) goal and it probably would have been two had we had more fortune in front of goal.

"His overhead kick 99 times out of 100 would be a goal and that would have been 2-1 but it hits Chris in the face and it goes down as a great save but I don't think he knew much about it.

"It was more like a home performance from Benni, which is very important because he is a very talented link player for us."

Allardyce knows McCarthy is desperate to feature at next summer's World Cup and hopes that can be a motivating factor.

But the Blackburn manager is just concentrating on getting the 32-year-old - and his other goal-shy forwards - to score more as they have recorded just two goals in their last seven league matches.

"He needs to feature for South Africa in the World Cup because, one, it is his last chance, and, two, it's in his own country," said Allardyce of McCarthy.

"It would be ludicrous to think he didn't want to play for them but I'm not interested in that. He might be but I'm not."

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