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  • Founded:1879
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Hughes content with another draw

19 Sep 2010 - 10:21:31

Fulham boss Mark Hughes claimed Blackburn's goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw should not have stood, but accepted that a draw was probably the right result.

Sam Allardyce's team took the lead on the half-hour mark when a long ball forward by Paul Robinson found Chris Samba, who headed home, although Mark Schwarzer appeared to be blocked by El-Hadji Diouf.

However, the unbeaten Cottagers claimed their fourth draw of the campaign when Clint Dempsey headed the equaliser soon after the interval.

Afterwards Hughes was critical of inexperienced referee Anthony Taylor but accepted the point gained on their travels.

"I don't think the referee has had a game like this before, it's only his second game in the Premier League," he stated.

"I just feel there's a lot going on off the ball when you play the likes of Blackburn and you need an experienced referee to recognise that and understand what's going on.

"Maybe that's why he missed the challenge on Mark.

"I was disappointed with the award of the goal, there were two other incidents prior to that so for the referee to allow the play to continue was disappointing."

He continued: "I think it was a fair result in the end. I thought we allowed ourselves to get a little bit penned in during the first half and we didn't really play our game.

"I was pleased with what we produced in the second half. We got the ball down and scored a great equaliser.

"With a bit more fortune in the second half, when we created some good chances in possession, we could have won it.

"It's another away point for us and three from three away games. We remain unbeaten and we're pleased."


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