No hiding place for Hughes

06 January 2008 01:18
Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes offered no excuses for his side's dismal 4-1 home defeat by Coventry City in the third round of the FA Cup. Hughes could only watch on in horror as Rovers were torn apart by their Championship opponents on their own patch. Afterwards, he told the club's official website: "I thought Coventry were excellent and fully deserved their win. They seemed to want it more than we did. "Our second-half performance was very disappointing and in many aspects it was unacceptable. "I'm not going to hide behind any excuses like injuries or team selection, for we had enough out there to have put on a much better show than that. "I can understand the fans' frustrations, they have been used to some good times in cup competitions here - with a couple of FA Cup semi-finals in the last three seasons - but this was not one of them." Meanwhile, midfielder Robbie Savage says he is poised to leave Ewood Park in search of regular first-team action. He told The News of the World: "I went to see Mark Hughes when it started to become clear that my time at Rovers might be coming to an end and he was brilliant about it all. "I told him I needed to be playing every week and he knows me well enough to understand that I get myself in a right state if I'm not."

Source: ESA