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Hughes Summarises Cup Shock

Blackburn Rovers fell to an embarrassing FA Cup exit on Saturday afternoon, going down 4-1 at Ewood Park at the hands of Coventry City.

A small Ewood crowd (of around 15,000) booed the players off the field at the end of the game and manager Mark Hughes feels that we had every right to do so after our defeat to the Championship side.

Hughes said: "The crowd had every right to boo that performance.

"We controlled the first half without really causing them any problems and were a bit unfortunate to go behind but the second half performance was unacceptable from our point of view.

"We made changes at 2-0 but the players don't tune into your game plan and in the end it was quite comprehensive.

"The changes I made shouldn't have made any difference as we had enough quality out there but you have to say were some of the players up for the challenge? Were they hurting enough?

"The second half we were always chasing the game and throwing people forward without any thought or direction and as a consequence kept getting caught on the break.

"Credit to Coventry they were excellent on the day and thoroughly deserved their win because on the day they were better

Hughes made a few changes to the starting line-up, but even so we SHOULD have had enough quality to have beaten Coventry, but now that we didn't our ONLY route into Europe next season is via the League, our early season form MUST be repeated or we won't manage this, and I don't even want to contemplate the repercussions of not making the UEFA Cup next season.

However, before all is said and done I would like to congratulate Coventry on the win, good luck to them for the remainder of their FA Cup journey.


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 6 2008

Time: 10:40AM

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SHOCKING, there isn't really much else that I can say apart from that. I honestly NEVER expected defeat, let along a 4-1 mauling!!!
Hughes Da Man
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06/01/2008 10:41:00

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06/01/2008 11:01:00

It was embarrassing in the end. We didnt do enough when we had the advantage and didnt do enough when we were under pressure. I wanna forget about this asap!!! Having said that well done to Coventry and good luck for the rest of the campaign.
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06/01/2008 11:09:00

Spot on, three words that ssummedit up, Shocking, Disgraceful, Embarrassing
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06/01/2008 11:49:00

What is up with Rigters. I was surprised when you lot bought him for so cheap. He has hardly played, has he been injured?
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06/01/2008 12:50:00

No by the looks of things he is low on confidence and not as good as the 4 strikers ahead of him. Time to send him on loan.
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06/01/2008 12:58:00 least it leaves you free to tke on the PL
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06/01/2008 21:14:00

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07/01/2008 08:27:00

In hindsight, I am glad my finances didn't allow me to venture to Ewood on Saturday...
Decimus Poole
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07/01/2008 08:54:00

I'm still struggling to get over this. Wht has happened to the team. It seems like players have stopped playing for the club. TOO many are under-achieveing and not working to improve it!!! Horribel in every sense of the word. Well done to Coventry though.
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07/01/2008 09:02:00

In hindisght it was silly to rest many of the first teamers. The youngsters arent yet up to the pace.
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07/01/2008 10:03:00

Lets be honest though Mikey, did we REALLY turn to that many youngsters?!?! I don't think we did.
To many players (in recent weeks) haven't been playing as they could or should, changes need to be made as people can't keep getting away with sub-standard perfromances.
Hughes Da Man
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07/01/2008 10:54:00

MikeyGamst - Agree dude, Rigters NEEDS to go out on loan to play some football and score some goals. I didn't expect him to play much this season (more next season), but thought he might get more of a go than he has.
Hughes Da Man
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07/01/2008 10:55:00

I would of played Gally before Rigters, or even given De Vita a role of the bench
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07/01/2008 11:00:00

We did change it more than peeps think on Sat. 3rd choice CB, 3rd choice left winger, 5th choice striker, 2nd choice left back, 4th choice midfielder (axe)....
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07/01/2008 12:34:00

i just watched the highlights of this again on youtube and its just hit me how bad this is! upsets happen in the cup everton oldham prime example but everton were the better team and oldham got lucky at times! we were just outclassed by a championship side! some of the players looked like they couldnt have been arsed and its a real disappointment!
durks de rover
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07/01/2008 15:11:00

Great point durks... when players put the effort in and fail you dont mind so much, but when they cant be arsed then somet is wrong.
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08/01/2008 09:33:00

True Mikey. Do you think that we as a club could be bothered based on the attendance? I was up for it, but loads didn't show.
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09/01/2008 14:00:00

I bet there plenty of words said back in the dressing room after the game after this horror show!!
will it ever happen
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15/01/2008 16:06:00


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