Rooney relieved to make amends

27 December 2009 07:54
Wayne Rooney was relieved to avoid the wrath of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after dropping a second-half clanger in the 3-1 win over Hull.Rooney gave United the lead on the stroke of half-time, but a misjudged back-pass led to a Hull penalty from which Craig Fagan equalised. [LNB]"It's a relief," said the England striker. "Their equaliser was a mistake by myself and it's not a nice feeling." [LNB]"Thankfully we got the win, or the manager won't have been too pleased." [LNB]Rooney's error was the catalyst for a match-wining performance from the England international, who went on to force an Andy Dawson own goal before creating United's third for Dimitar Berbatov. [LNB]"I didn't want to let the lads down, and at the time it looked like that - but it happens, and we got the win in the end," added Rooney. [LNB]"I think it's a mad league, a lot of teams are dropping points and it's really close. Hopefully we can be more consistent in the second half of the season and retain our title." [LNB]United's hopes of realising that ambition rest at least partly in the hands of Rooney, whose first-half effort, prodded home from a Darren Fletcher cross, was his 13th Premier League goal of the season.[LNB] What did you think of the game? The victory moves United to within two points of league leaders Chelsea, and Ferguson readily acknowledged the significance of Rooney's pivotal contribution. [LNB]"He was a threat to them all day, his penetration behind their back line was very good," said Ferguson. [LNB]"He made a mistake in giving the ball away for the goal, that was his one bad moment in the game, but I thought he was exceptionally good today. [LNB]"He's a natural winner, he's always had that great attitude and determination to do well and he would be even more sick than anyone when he made a mistake. [LNB]"But he rectified it and everything's fine." [LNB]Ferguson did, however, make the point that avoiding mistakes would play a key role in the eventual destination of the title. [LNB]"There are some unusual results going round and it's going to be a really tight league," added Ferguson. [LNB]"Experience will come into it, and I think the team that stays clear of injuries will also have an advantage. [LNB]"Other than that, if you make mistakes you're going to get punished. If you eradicate mistakes, whoever does that will have a great chance."

Source: BBC_Sport