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JUANDE: EQUALISER THE KEY

Posted on 17 March 2008  - 12:00

Juande Ramos saw Stephen Ireland's controversial equaliser as the turning point in our eventual 2-1 loss at Manchester City on Sunday.

Juande Ramos saw Stephen Ireland's controversial equaliser as the turning point in our eventual 2-1 loss at Manchester City on Sunday.

Ireland looked offside when he turned home Elano's header from close range in the 59th minute to level Robbie Keane's opener in the first half. However, the flag stayed down, City grew in stature and Nedum Onuoha powered home what turned out to be the winner from Elano's corner 13 minutes later.

Juande reflected: "The equaliser had two benefits for City in that one, it gave them a lift and two, we struggled to keep hold of the ball from that moment. The second goal was then definitive because it decided the game and it was hard to pick up after that."

Another offside decision went against us late on when Darren Bent's 'goal' was chalked off, Dimitar Berbatov ruled offside although he took no part in the action as Bent slid home from Jamie O'Hara's free-kick.

"They (the decisions) changed the result of the game," Juande pointed out. "First, the offside that wasn’t given and then we had a goal at the end when it wasn't offside. Instead of it being 2-1 for Tottenham, it’s 2-1 against Tottenham."

Juande agreed that we were in control until the equaliser - we bossed long periods of the first half. "Yes, we were so much in control of the game. Maybe that made our lads think that the game was won before it was over. We were finding it quite easy until the equaliser."

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