Allardyce can not fault Kalinic
Sam Allardyce says he is delighted with the rate of Nikola Kalinic's development and says it is not the Croatian's responsibility to solve Blackburn's problems in front of goal. Kalinic, 22, started as a lone striker in Rovers' Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Aston Villa on Thursday night and was involved in two of the team's best goal- scoring opportunities. On both occasions he hit a post rather than the target - one with his head and the other with his right foot - and the match ended in a 1-0 defeat. The former Hadjuk Split player has only netted three times since he was signed for around £6million (Dh36m) last summer and is yet to get off the mark in the Premier League, in a season when goalscoring has been Blackburn's biggest concern. But as far as Allardyce is concerned, Kalinic's progress has more than matched expectations. "I can't criticise him for the quality of his finishing," Allardyce said. "The technique that he showed on Thursday night, particularly with the shot with his side-foot that hit the inside of a post and came out, was absolutely top quality." Kalinic could be given a starting spot again for today's league fixture against Fulham at Ewood Park. Blackburn v Fulham, KO 7pm, Showsports 4
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Published: January 17, 2010 04:00 AM