Sam Allardyce claims his Blackburn Rovers players are angry at the recent comments made about themselves and other Premier League clubs by Fulham's Danny Murphy.
Murphy made headlines last week after hitting out at the "ridiculous" and "brainless" tackles made by some players this season.
He mentioned Blackburn, Stoke City and Wolves by name after suggesting the managers of those clubs were to blame for the reckless tackles which have resulted in a number of serious injuries during the opening weeks of the season.
However, his outspoken comments have not only angered Allardyce but also his Rovers players.
"The players are very, very angry about what Danny called it. Was it 'brainless' or 'mindless'? I think that's an outrageous statement to make. The players are unhappy about that," he fumed.
"What we don't want is any backlash from those suggestions because they are unfounded.
"The backlash is that people's perception out there is that we're dirty side now and we're not, and we never have been."
Meanwhile, Allardyce has defended the disciplinary record of Blackburn during his time at Ewood Park.
He added:"I think it's very unfortunate that I have to sit here and defend myself, the players and Blackburn Rovers football club.
"It should be unnecessary that I have to do it, but considering the allegation that was made by Danny, which was totally and utterly wrong, I had to.
"Myself as a manager, this football club and its players in its disciplinary terms since I've been here have improved enormously.
"We've reduced the average booking record. We've reduced the number of sending offs. We are not dirty. We never go out to injure a player.
"I never send a player out to go and try and injure an opposition player. We're too professional for that."