Date: 15th April 2007 at 11:10pm
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Mark Hughes feels Blackburn Rovers were hard done by following a 2-1 extra time defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup Semi Final.

As Rovers produced a performance of the highest order in the second half of the Old Trafford Semi Final, we seriously threatened to overturn a first half deficit to book a place with Hughes’ former side Manchester United in the Final. However, it wasn’t to be as Michael Ballack’s extra time winner broke Rovers hearts and sent Chelsea through to give the FA their dream Final of Chelsea vs. Manchester United.

Sparky was delighted with the performance but was devastated at missing out on the first Final played at the newly refurbished Wembley against his former side Manchester United, a side he will SURELY go on to manage (not too soon though!), today was just another showing as to why it will be hard to keep hold of him if and when the job comes up.

Sparky told Sky Sports:

Sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve and I felt we deserved to go through.

I thought in the second half we were absolutely outstanding and were the one team that really was positive in the game, really looked to try and affect it in a positive way and try to get people forward.

It’s just a shame for everybody involved. We give it everything in the dressing room I’ve just left and we’re all very disappointed.

We’ll learn from it, we will come back from this because I saw the qualities I knew we had in that dressing room, and I’ve seen it time and time again.

Once again we’ve proved we’re an exceptional side and with a bit of luck we would be going to the final. It was not to be. We’re disappointed, but we move on.”

In the first half Chelsea looked in almost complete control but a message Sparky delivered to the players shortly before the break, coupled with a half time team talk saw us come out and play like we know we can. The main message he installed into the players during his half time team talk, belief.

I just think we showed real belief today – that was the key right through the week, we were emphasising the point that we needed to believe we can beat Chelsea.

In the second half I thought we made them look extremely ordinary and their keeper was outstanding.

We pushed an exceptional team that will quite possibly win the Champions League, we pushed them all the way.

We can take pride from that, but we are disappointed as well.”

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11 Replies to “Hughes: We Deserved To Win”

  • If only we could have performed in the first half as we did the second Sparky would be speaking about a team that did win and deserved to. Sadly the first half just didn’t get going but we can still be VERY proud. NOTHING between two sides that seem a million miles apart in the League. Sparky is doing a GREAT job with some fantastic footballer. We are on the up, this WAS NOT a one off showing, we see this A LOT.

  • I’d virtually given up on catching you a few weeks back Mike. We MIGHT, but this is a big might still sneak into 7th maybe 8th as we have winnable games, win them all and we may well do it?!?!

  • Devestated but absolutely proud. Like i said, we have nothing to prove, but ot those who doubted us, they should be ashamed. Weabsolutely dominated chelsea in the second half. A touch of luck and im sure on another day pederson would of converted both chances. But thats life, and life can be tough. Ryan Nelson deserved man of the match, saving us on several occasions, so proud of the boys

  • You should be proud too, on another day your 2nd half performance would have won that game. Still, I am Chelsea so I am biased but I thought we dominated the first half and extra time as much as you did the 2nd half, so I think we just about deserved it! Cracking game though and a top effort, thanks and well done Blackburn!

  • We put so much into that second half we were just out on our feet in extra time but STILL battled on. But for Cech we could have won the game 3, maybe even 4-1 in normal time. Chelsea just did enough.

  • Story of our season, just doing enough (apart from the League maybe!). Still, a GK making 3 top saves is as valuable as a striker netting a quality hatrick, they are a player like any other who can make a difference. I think we Chelsea fans really are lucky to have Cech and if we didn’t know before, it became all the more obvious when he was out.

  • Totally agree SpanishBlue, Cech is there best there is for me, with the potential to be the best ever! I wouldn’t swap many for Friedel but would REALLY find it hard to say no thanks if we were offered Cech.

  • Cech has been the difference in results for MOST teams this season. Damn that goalkpeeper, why is he so good!

  • It was important for the team although they lost to prove that on a given day they, as well as other teams in the league, are a match for the big clubs and that is good for attracting players and of course keeping them. Both teams played very well and I know we lost but it was entertaining at the same time. It proved that Rovers play good football and this is something we knew all along

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