Roberts urges 'new manager effect'

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Striker Jason Roberts insists Blackburn's players cannot allow their focus to slip after Saturday's long-awaited victory.

The 3-0 win over Stoke was first in 12 league matches stretching back to September 27, and the breakthrough can partly be credited to the Sam Allardyce's arrival last week. Roberts admits the squad have to ensure the 'new manager effect' continues as they try to fight their way out of trouble.

"He (Allardyce) hasn't been here that long but we've worked on the organisation and philosophy of the team and I think the Stoke result showed a little bit of that," Roberts told PA Sport.

He added: "We were happy not only with the win and the goals, but the manner of the performance.

"We put a shift in. People might look at that and say why didn't we do that in the past (for former boss Paul Ince) but that is football sometimes.

"It (one win) is not going to be good enough. We need to make sure this continues.

"It can't be a case of the new manager coming in and us performing for one game, we need to do it for the whole time he is here.

"The result gives us the belief that we have got a monkey off our back because we hadn't won for a long time.

"It doesn't change the world. We have to go out and perform again on Friday (against Sunderland) and we know we have to go and do better.

"I'm sure we will all endeavour to do that. We have worked hard the last couple of days and I'm sure we will be working even harder in the future. I won't take anything for granted and will be working hard to ensure I keep my place."

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