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Hughes Happy To Accept A Point

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes admits that we were not at our best against Middlesbrough, but he was pleased that we came back from a goal down again. He also accepts that we WERE lucky to get a point.

We have to be honest and we WERE lucky to get a point, Middlesbrough should have been out of sight by the time we were able to equalise, and even after Matt Derbyshire had managed to equalise David Wheater's first half effort they had chances to win. So with this in mind Hughes was happy to take the point but again bemoaned the fact that we keep conceding first.

Hughes told Sky Sports: "You look back at the game, given the chances they had, which were possibly more clear cut than what we had, we are quite happy with the point.

"Overall we were quite happy with a draw, we are disappointed as it is our home game and we wanted maximum points but sometimes you just have to take what you can.

"We have to make sure we don't concede the first goal because that is hurting us at the moment, we need to get on the front foot. We need to get momentum and when you're chasing games that is difficult
."

During the match Hughes, Gareth Southgate and Colin Cooper had to be separated when they squared up and exchanged "pleasantries" after a run of challenges that both sides didn't like, however, personally I couldn't see much wrong with any of them. Sparky played this down however, by saying this was just him reacting how he used to on the pitch.

He added: "Two centre-halves (Southgate and Cooper) and an ex-centre-forward, I reacted in the only way I know, but it was something and nothing."


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 20 2008

Time: 8:48PM

Your Comments

Yes we WERE lucky to get a point, but this makes up for the times recently when we have deserved more and got nothing, that's the way I'm seeing it anyway!!!
Hughes Da Man
I can accept a point as we prob didnt deserve it on the balance of play. One thing that keeps doing my head in is how we concede the first goal all the bleeding time.
MikeyGamst
We didnt deserve it, the lads didnt play well, now for villa
sasman
It's a disappointing result but one I can accept considering the performance. All the confidenc has gone out of our home play. We are so nervous abou conceding we won't through many men forward in attack. This needs to be addressed.
roversman
roversman - We nearly conceded more than one cos we were throwing men forward. All in all, I am happy with a point. However, the way it was going, I felt we could have sneaked a win. All the chances Boro had. However, the next comment may seem a little odd, but I did't feel that Boro did much. I'm not sure what the stat's are, but I felt we had the vast majority of possession, and Boro counter attacked. Good to see the Peter Jackson the Jewellers acknowledge my man's peformance (Ooijer)...
Decimus Poole
I agree that we didn't appear to completly dominate the game, but just had so, so many chances on the break. I still can't believe how we only scored the one!!
Boro 01
At least Derbyshire hasn't lost his touch.. another calm finish. MORE DERBYSHIRE PLEASE SPARKY!
Bents4eng
In addition, I was pleased to witness MGP one and only tackle of this season. Shame it was given as freekick against him, I thought he got the ball...More of the same please Gamst...
Decimus Poole
You ride your luck & nick a point. Boro's loss your gain.
storagematt
Riding your luck is one way of putting it. lol.
Boro 01
 

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