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Dec 24, 2009 - 10:13 AM DANIEL ROSE STATS European Football Writer=

LONDON (SE) - Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has backed his misfiring strikers to rediscover their scoring touch at Wigan on Saturday.

Rovers have scored only one goal in their last six games but while Allardyce says he is looking to strengthen his attack when the transfer window reopens next month the Rovers boss admits finances at Ewood Park remain tight.

He said: "At the moment we can only continue to practice and hope that we convert the chances into goals.

"I will have to sell to buy. We haven't got the money to go out and buy a Peter Crouch or a Darren Bent who were available in the summer for us to buy - so where do you go to find the goals?

"That's why I think we might be better off just working with what we have got and hope they come up with the goods.

"I think they will, there are four of them. Then there are other people in other areas who could be contributing and scoring and unfortunately it is a bit of a barren patch we have run into."

Blackburn will be without midfielder David Dunn (calf) and defender Vince Grella (thigh) for the trip to the DW Stadium.

Wigan captain Mario Melchiot has warned his teammates they need to find some consistency to avoid being dragged into the Premier League relegation battle.

The Latics have beaten Chelsea and Aston Villa this season but have also been thrashed 9-1 at Tottenham and lost at home to Wolves and Birmingham.

Defender Melchiot said: "We have to start kicking on now, and I actually feel we are very close to turning it around.

"Maybe two weeks ago, it was all a bit shaky \2013 especially after the Tottenham game.

"I suppose that's normal because after something like that you can't help but feel a bit shaky. Now I don't feel it so much.

"The older players perhaps feel it a little less than the younger guys, but you just have to pull them through.

"I think the worst has passed for us and we are starting to find our way and get our rhythm back \2013 which is the most important thing."

Melchiot believes Wigan's experience of previous relegation skirmishes will help steer them away from the bottom three.

The former Chelsea and Netherlands defender said: "We have enough guys in the dressing room who have been in this kind of situation before, and we should be used to the festive period by now.

"Occasions like Saturday are what football is all about. We have to win, and the fans have as big a part to play. We need them to make as much noise as possible.

"We have to show them that we know it's a big game as well. We want them to know that we feel the same as they do.

"We won't be struggling for motivation, and we have to make sure what it means for the fans.

"In games like this, we're not just playing for our own individual pride \2013 we are playing for the pride of the town."






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