THE HUGHTON VIEW
Chris Hughton looks back on the sharing of the spoils at Ewood Park against Blackburn on Sunday...
Chris Hughton looks back on the sharing of the spoils at Ewood Park against Blackburn on Sunday...WE FELL BEHIND to a real high quality strike at Blackburn on Sunday that probably not too many people on the park could have executed in the same way. Tugay has done it before and I can recall a few occasions over the last few years when they have picked him out from corners and he has volleyed in on goal. He has that type of quality and that is why he is still in the team at the age of 36.
I think we were probably the happier of the two teams before the goal with the way we were playing away from home against a team on the back of four league defeats looking to get back on track. Defensively we didn't give too much away, they had one opportunity which was offside, while I thought we were fairly comfortable.
Where we needed to improve in that first half period was in our attacking play - and we did as the half progressed with a shot from Jermain and two chances for Mido. We finished the half alright, albeit we were a goal down by that stage, but in the early stages we didn't threaten them enough in the final third.
When you go behind a little against the run of play it is certainly a case of carrying on, but also seeing what sort of reaction you get. Sometimes in a game like that it can inspire you on to a better performance and to put more pressure on the opposition back line.
I thought we responded well and when this happens at a tough place like Blackburn you often get a feel at half-time as to how well the team will deal with the setback. We wanted to put things right in the second half and certainly on the balance of play and possession, we thoroughly deserved our point at least.
The game did come to life after the penalty and if you assess the performance of the referee it tends to be all over the major decisions. There weren't too many bad challenges or fouls, particularly in a game where it meant so much to both teams. The first big decision was the penalty - although not the giving of it - and whether the sending off of Tugay was warranted or not.
The red card shown to Hossam you can clearly see was harsh when you watch it again. The contact wasn't that great and wasn't with his elbow but, at the time, it was one which looked worse than it was. The officials though don't get the benefit of hindsight and seeing it again.
Going away to Blackburn we have to consider it a good point. It is a very tough place to go and Manchester United had to work really hard for their result there. The disappointing aspect is the fact they went down to ten men and you feel then that there is the possibility to push on and get the win. Overall I think a point is a good result.