Date:Monday February 19 2007
Arsenal's Spanish International midfielder Cesc Fabregas had angered Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes with his post match comments to him but credit to the guy he sought him out to apologise.
After Saturday's 0-0 FA Cup fifth round tie a frustrated, and arguably understandably so (as I've said all along from an Arsenal or even neutral viewpoint) Fabregas greeted Hughes with the following comments as the pair exchanged the usual after match hand shake:
"I went to shake is hand but instead he asked me if I had played for Barcelona. I said 'yes I had - a long time ago'.
"Then he said something along the lines of 'well, that wasn't Barcelona type of football'."
These comments incurred the wrath of Sparky Hughes and he didn't take these comments very well and rightly so...
However it takes a bigger man to say sorry and issue and apology and credit where credit is due Fabregas later did this. He found Sparky to do just that, and the apology was accepted. Fabregas said:
"I should not have done it but I get really upset when we don't win and I don't play well.
"Luckily, he accepted my apology and I must learn not to do anything like it again.
"But I just felt that they came for a draw and did not care how they did it."
We almost exclusively did come for a draw, it was the game plan but also a game plan to maybe try and pinch something but this wasn't the case. We set out our stall and defended superbly for the best part of ninety minutes and for that deserve credit. It wasn't pretty but it was effective.
Hughes also said:
"I had arguably six or seven players out who would have been first choices, but for the fact that they were injured or I needed to rest them.
"I thought our performance merited a good degree of credit.
"We've restricted a very good Arsenal side to just a few clear-cut chances and I think that is a very good achievement."
The replay takes place at Ewood Park on the final day of the month, Wednesday 28th February by which time the opponents for the victors will already be known with the draw for the Quarter Finals taking place tomorrow lunchtime at 13:30. I'm sure both teams will be hoping to avoid the names Chelsea or Manchester United/Reading. Ideally this would make a very nice Quarter Final pairing in itself...
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Date:Monday February 19 2007
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