Date: 6th January 2008 at 10:41am
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Blackburn Rovers fell to an embarrassing FA Cup exit on Saturday afternoon, going down 4-1 at Ewood Park at the hands of Coventry City.

A small Ewood crowd (of around 15,000) booed the players off the field at the end of the game and manager Mark Hughes feels that we had every right to do so after our defeat to the Championship side.

Hughes said: “The crowd had every right to boo that performance.

“We controlled the first half without really causing them any problems and were a bit unfortunate to go behind but the second half performance was unacceptable from our point of view.

“We made changes at 2-0 but the players don’t tune into your game plan and in the end it was quite comprehensive.

“The changes I made shouldn’t have made any difference as we had enough quality out there but you have to say were some of the players up for the challenge? Were they hurting enough?

“The second half we were always chasing the game and throwing people forward without any thought or direction and as a consequence kept getting caught on the break.

“Credit to Coventry they were excellent on the day and thoroughly deserved their win because on the day they were better

Hughes made a few changes to the starting line-up, but even so we SHOULD have had enough quality to have beaten Coventry, but now that we didn’t our ONLY route into Europe next season is via the League, our early season form MUST be repeated or we won’t manage this, and I don’t even want to contemplate the repercussions of not making the UEFA Cup next season.

However, before all is said and done I would like to congratulate Coventry on the win, good luck to them for the remainder of their FA Cup journey.



19 Replies to “Hughes Summarises Cup Shock”

  • SHOCKING, there isn’t really much else that I can say apart from that. I honestly NEVER expected defeat, let along a 4-1 mauling!!!

  • It was embarrassing in the end. We didnt do enough when we had the advantage and didnt do enough when we were under pressure. I wanna forget about this asap!!! Having said that well done to Coventry and good luck for the rest of the campaign.

  • What is up with Rigters. I was surprised when you lot bought him for so cheap. He has hardly played, has he been injured?

  • No by the looks of things he is low on confidence and not as good as the 4 strikers ahead of him. Time to send him on loan.

  • I’m still struggling to get over this. Wht has happened to the team. It seems like players have stopped playing for the club. TOO many are under-achieveing and not working to improve it!!! Horribel in every sense of the word. Well done to Coventry though.

  • Lets be honest though Mikey, did we REALLY turn to that many youngsters?!?! I don’t think we did.
    To many players (in recent weeks) haven’t been playing as they could or should, changes need to be made as people can’t keep getting away with sub-standard perfromances.

  • MikeyGamst – Agree dude, Rigters NEEDS to go out on loan to play some football and score some goals. I didn’t expect him to play much this season (more next season), but thought he might get more of a go than he has.

  • We did change it more than peeps think on Sat. 3rd choice CB, 3rd choice left winger, 5th choice striker, 2nd choice left back, 4th choice midfielder (axe)….

  • i just watched the highlights of this again on youtube and its just hit me how bad this is! upsets happen in the cup everton oldham prime example but everton were the better team and oldham got lucky at times! we were just outclassed by a championship side! some of the players looked like they couldnt have been arsed and its a real disappointment!

  • Great point durks… when players put the effort in and fail you dont mind so much, but when they cant be arsed then somet is wrong.

  • True Mikey. Do you think that we as a club could be bothered based on the attendance? I was up for it, but loads didn’t show.

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