Fergie downcast at defeat

21 March 2009 06:47
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was left to rue two red cards during his side's disappointing 2-0 defeat to Fulham.[LNB] United gave away a penalty and had Paul Scholes sent off early on, before Wayne Rooney's late dismissal topped a dismal afternoon in the capital.[LNB]Following their loss to Liverpool last week, Ferguson's side have now succumbed to two defeats in a row, and the veteran manager admits that dropping six points in eight days is tough to take.[LNB]"I'm disappointed," Ferguson told Sky Sports.[LNB]"I was disappointed with the first half, we didn't get started at all and that's cost us the game.[LNB]"But in fairness to the team, in the second half they responded to the half-time talking and I think that we were unlucky not to get something out of it.[LNB]"If we'd have got the goal then we could have maybe even have won it. We could have played with a lot of patience and discipline and waited until the last part to have a charge, but in fairness to them they kept going and full credit to them."[LNB]Pivotal decisionScholes' dismissal for the penalty had seemed a fair call by the referee, but Ferguson has cast doubt over the decision by noting that the midfielder was little more than a yard from the header when it was made by Bobby Zamora.[LNB]"It's close to him so he could have easily not given it, but it's Phil Dowd so what do you expect?" Ferguson remarked.[LNB]"The second one I have to say, did he (Rooney) throw the ball at the referee? The ball was thrown direct to where the free-kick was taken and did it hit the referee? No, the ball didn't hit the referee.[LNB]"Was it thrown in anger? Yes, because he wanted the game hurried up, he threw with pace to get the game going."[LNB]Title pressureIf Liverpool can overcome Aston Villa in Sunday's late kick-off then the gap between United and their rivals will be shortened to just one point - although United will have a game in hand.[LNB]Many Red Devils fans may well be feeling nervous at the ever-lessening lead that Ferguson's charges hold, but the Scot insists that his side are still in the driving seat for glory in May.[LNB]He added: "If you lose games in March and April then it can cost you, but fortunately we have a little slender lead at the moment."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports