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Hughes: Rovers Hard Done By

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes feels that Rovers were very unfortunate to have lost 4-0 at Ewood Park against Aston Villa on Wednesday Evening.

Everything that Villa touched seemed to turn into a goal (seven out of seven attempts on target and four goals proves this) but Benni McCarthy's goal, which was ruled out for offside (wrongly so) could have seen things much different, however, Hughes is convinced that there were not four goals difference between the two teams and felt that the referees decision to send off Rovers skipper Ryan Nelsen when awarding a penalty proved the real turning point.

Hughes said: "We have been beaten 4-0 but no way was there four goals between the teams.

"For the first 30 minutes we were totally in control of the game.

"The turning point was the penalty. It was a penalty but why the referee sent him off, you'll have to ask him that

Villa made the most of their chances, but even so for them to have won 4-0 gives the scoreline quite a flattering feel doesn't it?!?!


Date:Thursday November 29 2007
Time: 10:58AM

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Benni's goal should have counted, had that stood things might have been different (in fact I think they would have)
The penalty was a penalty but I'm not so sure about the sending off. It was just one of those days for Villa, and one of those unfortunate ones for Rovers.
Hughes Da Man
29/11/2007 11:00:00
I agree (as a villan) that 4 goals flatters us, thought it was quite a performance though. It is one of those things where decisions just don't work out i think. I remember that ridiculous decision at VP against liverpool which handed them back the win. What goes around and so forth. Goood luck for the rest of the season.
29/11/2007 11:04:00
Benni's was a goal, it was borderline but it was onside. I have no doubt the penalty was a penalty but the sending off was a joke. I hope we appeal. All in all I thik things could of been different but these things happen.... lets bounce back on Saturday.
29/11/2007 11:04:00
Best of luck to Blackburn for rest of the season. I really do like their attitude and the way they play. That is what makes this a great result for Villa. We have beaten a very good team on their own patch. McCarthy's 'goal' was marginal. Seen them given, seen them disallowed. As Mark Hughes said, it was a penalty but not a sending off. I cannot see either of us breaking into the top four but I think we will both challenge Pompey, Man City and Everton for 5th spot. With the Fernhurst over the road Ewood Park is becoming one of the best away days in the Premier! I couldn't get away from work for last night, but came last season and had a great time (it helps when you win!).
29/11/2007 12:19:00
cheers lads. Good to see some humbleness in victory. We are oursleves and its good to see it is reciprocated unlike some team we could mention (cough Tottenham Hotspur cough). Good luck Villa for the rest of the season.
29/11/2007 12:26:00
Good luck to you guys too. 4-0 certainly flattered us but we've been at the wrong end of plenty of dodgy referees ourselves this season, so we'll take a bit of luck when it comes our way.
29/11/2007 13:48:00
You have to credit O'Neills tactics. 3-0 up, and brings another striker on. Many managers would have settled for 3-0, and brought a defensive midfielder, or defender on. I guess knowing the never-say-die attitude of Sparky team, he knew we would push forward till the end, and he got it spot on. 4-0 was very flattering. I didn't see the penalty that well (old age is getting to my eyes!), but it looked harsh. When McCarthy scores I always check with the linesman to make sure, so it was not a surprise when he was offside. However, reports say he wasn't. Maybe his reputation goes before him! We can obviously blame the referee for spoiling a good even game, but I won't. However, why did Barry not booked for kicking the ball away (when he was judged offside). A technical, and probably unjust booking it would be, but it is the law...of football (obviously...I don't think you can go to jail for breaking it!). There was another decision that riled me, can't remember which one of the many it was. Oh, the handball by the Number 3 in his own box, just after the decision against Nelson. However, I thought we went about it in the right way, even with 10 men. I was surprised to see a rare error from Brad for the first goal. I am sure we won't see any more of them this season.
Decimus Poole
29/11/2007 15:58:00
In addition, it was good to see Andre Ooijer get the backing of the sponsers, and awarded MOTM award. Good old Peter Jackson, the Jewellers...
Decimus Poole
29/11/2007 16:06:00
Obviously glad we won, but do feel a it sorry for you. McCarthy's goal was good, and whilst it was a definite penalty (shirt pulling was illegal last time I looked!) he didn't need to send him off. The Bouma "handball was no penalty though - purely accidental and don't forget, Barry had a goal disallowed for offside when he also was on (same linesman!), so these things do balance out. Good luck for the rest of the season - especially against Spurs.
29/11/2007 17:03:00
Mutual dislike of Spurs... I like it!!! lol
29/11/2007 19:15:00
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