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Hughes Hopping Mad With Match Official

Hughes Hopping Mad With Match Official

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes left the JJB Stadium hopping mad with match referee Steve Bennett after watching his side go down 2-1.

Just after the half hour mark, the controversy started when Wigan's midfielder Wilson Palacios fell down (like a big girls blouse) in the box under pressure from Javier Garrido and referee Steve Bennett pointed to the spot.

Man of the Match Amr Zaki converted the subsequent penalty leaving City fans and players sick to the stomach.

Hughes told the media post match...

"We have been beaten by a fantastic strike and a penalty that was no way a penalty."

"So I'm disappointed with Steve Bennett's performance because I thought he was in good positions to make key decisions."

"He got the penalty wrong, there was a coming together but the lad has dived theatrically, and then he misses Richard Dunne clearly getting impeded in the opposite box, so we're disappointed."

Sparky finished off by saying...

"It was a stop-start game. I thought the tempo was bitty and there was no flow or momentum."

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Steve Bennett (47) began his career way back in 1992 officiating games in the Football Conference. Should he consider going back and perhaps learn his trade all over again.

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Date:Sunday September 28 2008
Time: 8:25PM


No good blaming the Ref or Officials. Since our demolition of Pompey the team in the last two games seem to think they only have to turn up to win. The attitude appears all wrong there was no urgency in our play whatsoever MH has got to drill it into them that EVERY game has got to be high tempo or else we are always going to struggle against the so called lesser teams. If this is not drilled into them I can see us struggling on Thursday night. Thank goodness we take on the Scousers next weekend they just might be up for that one.
28/09/2008 20:39:00
The Cypriots are no mugs alphie. You are absolutely right.
Johnny Baguette
28/09/2008 20:44:00
Just hope they dont go into the match on Thursday thinking the job is already done. It's delicately poised. Dont really want to hide behind the "penalties" as an excuse for today, because quite simply, we were poor. The players we had on the pitch, we should have had the game wrapped up regardless of hopeless officiating.
28/09/2008 20:49:00
gotta admit the penalty was a bad decision!
28/09/2008 21:29:00
I don't think Hughes is hiding behind an excuse of a "Penalty", he knows about the tempo and will drill that into them. To be top four, you don't under estimate your opposition, because every team if they don't have the skill will work as a team unit and make it hard for the big boys, City should know because we used to be the under-dogs! We should put fear into every team we face, be all in their face, work hard – we can rest after the games over... Referee gives us crap, ignore him and try harder, stick it to the ref and score because that would hurt more than breaking his neck( Like I would love to do to Bennett right now!) LOL… About the penalties and the referee, he's not just blaming the Ref for our defeat even though the Officials were a very big part of Wigan’s win today! Bennett was being a real**** in the match today and that’s the worst refereeing I’ve ever seen, if they gave cards to refs he would receive a straight red! They are campaigning and talking about respecting the referee & Officials as a scheme? Well with a Referee like that, no wonder they don't get respect, I mean come on it was a disgrace stopping the game nearly every 5 minutes, giving it to Wigan!
29/09/2008 00:17:00
Steve Bent-it!
29/09/2008 00:20:00
You're so right Thriller. City can't afford excuses. We need to get harder to beat and quickly, because we have lost three out of our first six Premiership games. We have so much skill in the side that it is now all about application. Zabaleta showed us the way it has to be done on Sunday, but too many of our players did not match him or Ireland with commitment on the day. A shockingly bad referee performance cost us a goal, sure. But our team lost the game themselves. Bluesy needs to make our newcomers more Premiership aware. Teams like Wigan are in the majority in the Prem. They play direct, act like Nicholas Cage and score lots of goals from corners, free kicks and penalties. They will never be as free-flowing as our Brazilians, but they grind out the results. We have to compete on all levels -- not just rely on magic from our skill players.
29/09/2008 11:42:00
Bad pen but you had 90 minutes to score & only managed 1. If you had drawn 1-1 you'd still be****ed off with the result. Sometimes you have to beat the opposition & the ref.
29/09/2008 16:43:00
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