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Blackburn boss Allardyce makes Carling Cup priority

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is making next week's Carling Cup semi against Aston Villa their priority.

Rovers are away to Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup today.

But Allardyce admits he is more concerned about the outcome of next Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final first leg against the same opponents.

He said: "This month becomes one thing and one thing only - that's trying to get to Wembley. The Premier League is the most important thing for the club but we'll deal with that when it comes round.

"The FA Cup is always a very glitzy competition. But in the long term it's not our top priority. We have to make sure we get the golden prize.

"If we beat Villa in the FA Cup it will be fantastic. But it won't be as important as beating them in the first leg on Tuesday."



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