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Hughes: Dunn Sending Off Harsh

Hughes: Dunn Sending Off Harsh

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes feels that David Dunn's sending off was more than a little harsh (and quite rightly) during the 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

Although the sending off didn't necessarily cost us the defeat to Manchester United, it didn't help and for all intend and purpose left us with a near impossible mountain to climb in order to get back into the game. Hughes was not amused during the game (this was plain to see) and after it he shared his thoughts on Dunn's two yellow cards, the first of which was for literally nothing.

Hughes told Setanta Sports: "There were 75,000 people in the stadium looking forward to a really competitive second half.

"I didn't think there was anything in the first tackle at all and the second one just a mistimed challenge. Overall, I felt it was pretty unfortunate.

"I accept it must be quite intimidating for referees at Old Trafford but I don't remember getting decisions like that when I played here

Nevertheless, despite the sending off Sparky was pleased with how we reacted to this, and how we stayed strong. Even before this, but for a little more fortune if Christopher Samba has not seen his effort come back off the woodwork and David Bentley (despite his wrongly named shirt!) could have only seen his attempted goal line clearance for Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal come back and out from off the bar rather than off it and into the net things could have been different.

Hughes added: "I am just pleased we didn't go under because a lot of sides, in similar circumstances, would have done."

The defeat (after the two Ronaldo goals) brings and end to an unbeaten run, and also sees Rovers suffer their first defeat to one of last seasons top four, but still there is plenty to be excited about this season.


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Date:Monday November 12 2007
Time: 10:52AM


The sending off was unbelievably harsh, and you can't help but think this wouldn't have gone to a Manure player but it is done.
We were a little unlucky, but we should still take a lot of heart from this, as like Sparky says PLENTY of other sides would've folded after the sending off, we didn't it just made the task of coming back a near impossible one.
Hughes Da Man
12/11/2007 10:55:00
I'm glad that we didn't get battered but showed a good account of ourselves. Well done the lads
12/11/2007 13:35:00
United were very strong and we showed a lot of character in the 2nd half to keep United at bay. As HDM says above; plenty of other sides would have folded after the sending off (which was a f_cking disgrace, I might add). But it at least brings an end to a very difficult run of matches and we can now push on with Fulham away next Saturday.
12/11/2007 14:39:00
the first decision was terrible how he could say that was a yellow is beyond me! it wasnt for the pull on tevezs shirt as the play continued after that it was when dunn got ahead of tevez! then again it was at OT and how dare dunn defend well and not let tevez have the ball!
durks de rover
12/11/2007 17:02:00
lol to that last comment dude, but SOOOO true!!!
Hughes Da Man
12/11/2007 19:06:00
he was a bit unlucky but what do you expect at OT?
12/11/2007 21:05:00
Your not allowed to be the away team and ave the ball at OT durks... god thats the first rule of football. In all seriousness the second tackle was clumsy and deserved a yellow where as the first was never a foul in a month of sundays.
13/11/2007 09:03:00
Was very harsh, now way was the foul a booking. Some referee's need to get a grip!
will it ever happen
13/11/2007 12:22:00
I'm more annoyed that he'll get a ban when we're short of midfielders at the moment. Some referees just like to show their power and make a name for themselves - must have been a bad childhood!
13/11/2007 12:32:00
I think we will be alright for midfielders, in that respect the international break has come at a good time because Robbie and others can then come back.
13/11/2007 22:08:00
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