Sam Allardyce admits that although the Premier League has to be Blackburn Rovers priority this season, he is more excited by the prospect of a cup final than playing in Europe. Allardyce's side have reached the Carling Cup semi-finals, where they were beaten over two legs by Aston Villa, their opponents in tomorrow night's third-round tie.
"My priority every year is about finishing as high as we can - Premier League first, those are my instructions from my bosses," Allardyce said.
"Anything else over and above that is a bonus, but I've always said from an ambition point of view and just from a pure football point of view, everybody wants to get to a cup final.
"For me, it's probably more exciting getting to a cup final than it is competing in Europe.
"If you get to a cup final you could be up there on the rostrum picking the trophy up and that stays with you for the rest of your life."