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Hughes: Draw A Fair Result

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes was more than pleased with the 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Ewood Park on Saturday Evening, and believes that it was a fair result.

A battle between two teams bidding for a top four place before the game was largely entertaining and could have gone either way in the end, however, both sides had chances to win the match, but Hughes was happy.

Hughes told the Official Blackburn Rovers Website: "We are delighted, we've gone up against another top four side and we are still unbeaten against them, we've kept our run going and we are very happy.

"I think we had a real foothold in the game and created a number of chances that we were a bit unlucky with.

"David Bentley was clean through, David Dunn great shot that hit the underside of the bar and a decent call for a penalty by all accounts. I've not seen it since but you can usually tell by the reaction of the players if they think it is a genuine claim
."

Without the embarrassment of riches that his Liverpool counterpart Rafael Benitez has, Hughes was forced into naming largely the same players that had made it through to the Carling Cup Quarter Finals in midweek. The fact that changes couldn't be made, when some players could have done with coming out did mean the players tired in the latter stages, which Sparky could understand.

He added: "It wasn't until the last ten minutes or so when we faded a little bit, which was understandable as we had a lot of guys that played a very difficult game in midweek.

"They had eight players who didn't play in midweek and that showed towards the end of the game which was understandable.

"But you know sides such as Liverpool will always created chance because they have quality in their side. Steven Gerrard caused us problems by having a free role, but they are a good side and we matched them for long periods in the game and overall I thought a draw was a fair result
."

We have now played three of last seasons top four, and not one of them have beaten us yet in fact only Arsenal have scored against us, but arguably the biggest test will come next Sunday against Manchester United at Old Trafford.


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 4 2007

Time: 11:39AM

Your Comments

Both sides had the chances to win didn't they, so both will feel this is a chance missed but no one came closer than Dunny did they, what a strike.
Hughes Da Man
Draw was a fair result. Excellent performance from the lads. Bring on United!
spinaker7081
"a fair result" ?? He would say that now wouldn´t he? LOOOL. You lot just showed the rest of us that you actually are pretty good at playing footy. Well done lads, best of luck to you for the rest of the season.
Blue is the colour
wow thanks blue, i read the first part and im like omg not another one lol, thanks for the support, anways we did have our chances didnt we. Samba could of been a hero again, why did he take a touch for!!!! lol Thank god Kuyt was playing not Torres or even Crouchy lol
sasman
Yep draw fair result, good game aswell. Carry on playing like that and you will win plenty and a champoins league place my be up for grabs?
will it ever happen
sasman - Dude I was exactly the same, and the rage took over me, until I read the rest :) It really was a fair result though in the end wasn't it, even though the highlights might have made it look like a complete Liverpool onslaught.
Hughes Da Man
will it ever happen - The match with Manure this weekend will not define anything, but IF (the big if) we can come away from Old Trafford with something, to have remained unbeaten against all of last season's top four would have you seriously thinking about the Champions League wouldn't it!!! (I bet Benni would be happy, as he loves the Champions League doesn't he lol!)
Hughes Da Man
Good game - dominated in the first half and defended well in the second. Worried tho about Utd - they put their chances away... we'll have to be even better to get a result at old trafford... still anything is possible
FreidelNo.1
hughes has done an outstanding jb at blackburn and i hope u guyz get european football...even better would b u coming 4th ahead of liverpool
MrDax
Shouldn't be a problem!
FreidelNo.1
European football shouldn't be a problem, agree, Champions League is still just a dream at the moment, but a realistic dream.
Hughes Da Man
I think the top 4 will still be the Champions League teams at the end, but I believe come the end of the year it will be us and Pompey fighting for 5th.
MikeyGamst
We'll see dude, but I think you are right about Rovers and Portsmouth battling for (4th or) 5th. It could come down to the result at Fratton Park later in the season?!?!
Hughes Da Man
I wouldn't count out Man city. Come January they will strengthen their squad further with multi-million pound players, and they still have the only 100% home record so far. I think Pompey might run out of gas - as we might unless we get Reid, Savage and Roberts back fit
FreidelNo.1
i dont think man city will stay the pace their home record is good but thier away record is pretty shockin and i think that could be thier undoing and a lot of their players are used to a winter break not the hectic winter you get in the EPL so that could see them drop points aswell!
durks de rover
If you saw their match against the Mackems last night they weren;t very good at all despite the victory.
MikeyGamst
how bout the crowd people ove 30k fans, wow
sasman
true, but they have luck, confidence and lots of money!
FreidelNo.1
I do wish we could get similar crowds every week but it looks impossible.
MikeyGamst
sasman - I was there on Sat and the atmosphere was incredible. Its alright the scousers saying they took about 7,000 but that means we had 23,000 there ourselves... the noise the Rovers were making was great and was the loudest I have heard us in years.
MikeyGamst
i watched it on tv and i saw before the start of the game, the goals ends were packed, normally there are no fans in site lol. Well done lads, thats awesome keep it up
sasman
All I know is, it's going to be an interesting season at the top end for a change, with MORE battling for positions than ever before, but I agree Manchester City WILL NOT last the pace (not this season anyway) in a few years they could very well be challenging for the Title?!?!
Hughes Da Man
I think Man city will surprise a lot of people this season - and they have the buying power. Well have this chat again at the end of the season HDM and then you can say "I told u so!"
FreidelNo.1
 

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