Allardyce wants replay over quickly

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Sam Allardyce hopes his Blackburn players can get the job done quickly in their FA Cup fifth round replay at Coventry so they can concentrate on more pressing matters at the weekend.

The Rovers boss is keen for his side, which is likely to feature a number of changes from the one which ran Manchester United so close on Saturday, to secure victory without the need for extra time.

"From our point of view, it is a case of getting through to the next round in the 90 minutes as quick and as clinical as we possibly can," said Allardyce. "We want to try to avoid it from going to extra time, but if that is the way it has to be, and we have to do it the hard way again, then we'll do it."

He added: "There are a lot of games coming up in this period so the momentum of getting back to winning ways can be taken from the cup and into the league.

"Let's not waste it."

Midfielders Vince Grella and David Dunn are struggling with fitness but Allardyce is certain to make changes in order to keep his players fresh for their important battle against Barclays Premier League relegation.

"We have to use the full potential of our squad, which is pretty fit at the moment and needs to be," he added.

"We have to make sure they deliver the sort of performances they have delivered to get us this far."

Injury and illness have meant left-back Martin Olsson has played just one match - the FA Cup third round victory at Blyth - for Allardyce since he took over from the sacked Paul Ince but he is likely to feature.

"I've been out with injury and viruses but if I get my chance I'll do my best," he said. "We have to be focused and start playing how we do and I think we will be fine."

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