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Robbo hails Big Sam's impact

Keeper relieved to keep clean sheet

Robinson: Thumbs up for Allardyce

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Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson has hailed the impact made by new manager Sam Allardyce in shoring up their leaky defence.

Allardyce made a dream start to his reign at Ewood Park with a 3-0 win over Stoke at the weekend to boost their survival hopes.

Rovers have struggled to keep clean sheets this season with Saturday's shut-out their first since the draw at Bolton in October.

England international Robinson believes their success in keeping out Stoke was down to the work put in by Allardyce to improve their rearguard.

"You could see by our performance against Stoke what Sam had done," Robinson told the Daily Star.

"He mainly worked on building up the defence again in the two days before Stoke because we've been conceding too many goals for no particular reason

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"We looked a lot more solid on Saturday. It was nice to stand behind that defence."

Robinson also insists no-one is getting carried away by the flying start under Allardyce, admitting there is still a lot of work to be done to climb clear of trouble.

"It's only a start and nobody is getting carried away because we're still in the bottom three and we need to keep building," concluded Robinson.