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Hughes: Handball Decisions Cost Us

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes believes that the decision to award Aston Villa a penalty but not Rovers for something similar cost us on Sunday.

Andre Ooijer was harshly adjudged to have handled from a Chris Sutton cross shortly before half time for the Villa penalty, from which Gareth Barry opened the scoring at a time when we were getting close to making it through to the break so crucially on level terms.

Things got worse as in the second half Morten Gamst Pedersen's goal bound free kick was blocked by the arm of Villa's Stilian Petrov but no penalty was awarded this time!

After the game Mark Hughes said:

"The penalty decision was a poor one from our point of view.

"I don't think the referee and his assistant have got the decision right, it was a big decision at an important time of the game as well. So for us to concede under those circumstances we felt aggrieved.

"The second goal was another situation where we should have dealt with it better so from a position of 2-0 down it was always going to be difficult.

"I think we played into Villa's hands to a certain extent, the guys at the back did really well for them, we played too many high balls into the front men and it was difficult for them to have any influence on the game.

"In the first half I felt we were quite comfortable in the game but in the second half when we had to chase it maybe some of our play wasn't as intelligent as it needed to be."

It was a poor Rovers performance this can`t be doubted but can someone tell me WHEN will the luck start swaying in Rovers` favour!

Meanwhile latest rumour has it that Liverpool left-back Stephen Warnock could be a possible target for Rovers in January?

Hughes wanted Warnock as part of the deal that could have taken Lucas Neill to Anfield in August but Rafael Benitez was having none of it. With Warnock featuring little or not at all since then and despite his claims he was happy at Anfield he may well welcome the move in January.

Personally I feel that even if Neill leaves in January, meaning a left-back will be needed I don't think that we need to buy in to replace him as we have enough already at the club to fill in, not to mention the fact other areas surely need strengthening more?

What are your views on the luck still going against Rovers, what Hughes had to say and the Warnock link?

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The Journalist

Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 6 2006

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

Shocking! If the officials are going to give a penalty for things like Ooijer's "handball" they have to give it for Petrov's also, which was more of a handball PLUS the ref was looking right at it!!! They either give these ALL the time or they DON'T! I know its a hard job but come on guys its time to get this right then fans, players and managers won't get so angry and so many people won't lose their jobs as a result!
Hughes Da Man
As regards to Warnock he's a very good footballer but why not use what we already have and strengthen other areas that need it more.
Hughes Da Man
I don't think the penalty did cost Blackburn, I think Blackburn cost Blackburn, it was a no show from your lads yesterday and from five minutes in it was obvious Villa would win one way or the other.
The Fear
Shame they had to win "the other" though. Another awful decision cost us the lead, and a decent half time talk could have seen us play two different halves (yet again). That seems to be the problem with us at the moment - Rubbish start, pick up after half time.... As for Warnock, i can't see him being too pricey, and if a swap deal for Neill was on the cards i'd bite their hands off. Yes we have other areas to fill, but only really because they've been highlighted by injury. Losing both combative central midfielders, and rejigging the entire back four was always going to cause endless problems.
Head Rover Heels
I'd agree Head Rover Heels had we got through to half time who knows what would have happened...
Hughes Da Man
Time to bring on the use of the VT in key decisions such as this...
ernshaw
I too agree that video evidence is now needed.The idea that it would slow the game down is utter rubbish.It works in Rugby League brilliantly! I do have a solution to the time debate though.If you look at game stats on average the ball is in play for about 60 mins per game.So, take the timekeeping off the ref and stop the clock for any delays in play.This gives you time to look at any incidents and stops five minutes being added on at Old Trafford!
daz2903
you boys was robbed!!
BaldyYid
Something has to be done, these kind of things are costing clubs millions, and costing many their jobs! Not sure we were robbed but I think a 15 minute team talk could have changed things if we'd got through at 0-0.
Hughes Da Man
video evidence would only make the game boring, whats wrong with a bit of controversy! we all have descisions given against us. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.
samtozer
Well samtozer if what goes around comes around Rovers have A LOT of fortune to come!!!
Hughes Da Man
there peno wasnt one our peno clame was one but nothing is going our way the the leage at the moment
marshinrover
he likes a good old moan doesn't he?! ;-p Thought the Villa one was a great decision myself.
The Fear
 

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