Hughes has no complaints

24 September 2007 02:27
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes had no excuses after watching his side lose 1-0 to Portsmouth at Ewood Park on Sunday - Rovers' first Premier League defeat of the campaign. A first-half goal by Pompey's Nigerian striker Kanu proved to be the difference between the two teams, but Hughes had no complaints about the result on a disappointing afternoon for his side. He said: "We had a good opening period in the first 20 minutes and, if we'd have scored then, there'd have been a different pattern to the game. "But we didn't get the goal and, obviously, defensively we were very poor for their goal. From that point onwards, with Portsmouth a goal up, they had the perfect game-plan to see things through. "They came here to frustrate us and they kept plenty of people behind the ball. "In fairness to them, their back four was rock-solid and we didn't really have the craft and the guile to draw them out and create enough chances to ask questions of them. "So I've no complaints really. There wasn't quite that intensity to our play, which we have come to expect at Ewood Park. "That might have something to do with our game in Europe, but we don't want to use that as an excuse."

Source: ESA