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Blackburn boss Allardyce: Everyone needs to step up to improve scoring

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce admits he needs his players to improve their goal scoring after failing to sign a new striker last month.

Having been ultimately defeated by what he calls a "jackass" of a transfer system, Allardyce - whose team travel to Stoke this weekend in the Premier League - now has only Nikola Kalinic, Jason Roberts and Franco Di Santo left in his squad as recognised strikers.

The manager admits the weight of expectation upon the trio has been increased by Benni McCarthy's departure, but he is also hoping to see further contributions from some of his midfielders and defenders who have already chipped in with goals this season.

"We are short of goals so the responsibility lies with those boys (up front) converting more," Allardyce said.

"The level of goals from midfield has to be another area we look at where we say, 'where do we get our goals - the majority from our strike-force, but where else?'

"That lies with midfield players like (David) Dunn, who got five in 10 in the early part of the season, and Morten (Gamst Pedersen) who has three in the last four (league games). Ryan Nelsen has three goals this year.

"So that is what we have to add to, as well as the front men adding to their total. Everybody in midfield and some of the big lads at the back on set-pieces have to notch one or two more."

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