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Blues goal angers Roeder

21 Dec 2006 - 08:42:15

Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder was unhappy that Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was allowed to score the only goal of Wednesday's Carling Cup quarter-final at St James' Park from a free-kick that was taken from the wrong place.

The Ivory Coast international curled his free-kick past Shay Given to send the Blues into the last four of the competition, but Roeder thought Drogba would not have been able to score if the free-kick had been taken from the correct spot.

"It was definitely a free-kick but what annoyed me is that, between our players and the referee, the ball was allowed to be moved to open up the angle," he said.

"If it was taken where it was awarded I don't think he can beat Shay Given."

In the first half Newcastle striker Oba Martins had almost given the Magpies the lead when his shot hit the bar, and Roeder added: "We're talking about millimetres there. Oba was unbelievably close.

"I don't think we were just holding them though, we were doing more than that. We had some outstanding periods of play and we were taking the game to them."


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