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Samba sees red as Blackburn hold Sunderland.

Summary: Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce shrugged off Christopher Samba's red card against Sunderland as "one of those things".

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce shrugged off Christopher Samba's red card against Sunderland as "one of those things" following the goalless draw at Ewood Park.

Samba was sent off in first-half stoppage time after bringing down Danny Welbeck just as the Black Cats forward was about to burst into the area.

In the build-up to the match Allardyce had challenged Fulham's Danny Murphy to publicly apologise for pointing the finger at Rovers in his comments about dangerous tackling and managers sending their teams out too pumped up.

Given that context, Samba's dismissal came at an unfortunate time, but Allardyce was keen to play down the incident.

"Chris is very disappointed, he is very down about the situation and he feels he has let himself down and the lads, but it is one of those things and it happens in a season," said Allardyce.

"At some stage you are going to have a player sent off. It is our first one this season and it's not really for a dirty or nasty challenge, just a bit of a pull-back because he knew the player was through."

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Date:Oct 20, 2010
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