Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sam Hits Back at Murphy Comments

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sam Hits Back at Murphy Comments

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SAM Allardyce yesterday challenged Danny Murphy to be "man enough" to publicly apologise for his claims that players are being injured because certain managers are sending their teams out too fired up.

Fulham skipper Murphy singled out Blackburn, Stoke and Wolves - a move that has provoked fury among players and management at Ewood Park - and said some players had "no brains"in the challenges they were making.

Blackburn have produced a raft of statistics to prove they are not a dirty side - they currently have the fourth-best disciplinary record in the Premier League with 11 cautions and no red cards this season, better than both Fulham and Arsenal.

Rovers have only had one player sent off all year, no players were suspended for five or more bookings last season, and their disciplinary record has improved hugely since Allardyce took over.

The Blackburn manager called on Murphy to apologise, insisting: "If he's man enough, that's what he should do. The allegation made by Danny Murphy was totally and utterly wrong as you can see by the facts we have given out.

"We are not dirty and we never go out to injure a player; I never send a player out to injure a player on the opposite side, we are too professional for that. …

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