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The Gaffers Post Match Reaction

After a tale of two halves, it's a case of two differing views and moods as Hughesy and Harry go head to head at the microphones...

Mark Hughes:

Firstly on the penalty...

'The ref has made a really poor decision that has cost us the game and it's really disappointing. There have been games this season where we've not deserved to get anything, but that wasn't the case today.

'I've no idea why he's given it. It was a speculative ball into Shay Given's hands, never a clear-cut goalscoring opportunity. Maybe the angle the referee had made him appear closer to the ball than he was.

City's boss went on to reveal the extent of his frustration...

'That's the only excuse I can give him, because fundamentally that's a very poor decision. I banged on the ref's door as I went past! But I don't think there's any point trying to speak to him about it.'

And as the European door slams shut for next season he sums up the game...

'We would have loved to be back in Europe and that's obviously not going to be the case now.

'We were much better in the second half. First half we were tentative and allowed Spurs to dictate, so they had the momentum, but after the break we were a lot more positive and got back to 1-1.

'We were all pleased for Boji, it was important that he got back on the goalscoring trail and everbody saw what it meant to him. With three minutes to go, we felt we were the team most likely to score.'

Harry Redknapp:

The Spurs saviour summed up his view of the game rueing first half profligacy as City again sat to deep on the road...

'We should have come in well clear - we had some great opportunities, played some great football first-half - could have come in two or three up for sure.

'It never got started the second-half and we suddenly lost our rhythm, they came on stronger and then it was game on. They got a goal back and really we're struggling to get a grip of the game then but we got the penalty in the end - that sewed it up.'

And on that penalty...

'It looked a nailed on penalty to me - it looked like he climbed all over him.'

And with the door still ajar for Europe...

'We have got to go to Liverpool for a very tough game so you would have to see Fulham as red-hot favourites but wherever we finish, seventh or eighth now, will be a terrific achievement.'


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday May 16 2009
Time: 7:08PM

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a tale of 2 halves?? yeh should have been out of sight at half time only for your best player given,if you and your manager think you was better than us for the whole of the second half then maybe your ambitions are the same as his and you wont get anywhere because that was a very very poor citeh team today and it wouldnt have made and difference even with robinho and swp playing either and even elano knew thats why he faked his injury to get away from the field because he knew how crap you are.
16/05/2009 19:38:00
I banged on the ref's door as I went past! - should have told him he was a feckin disgrace!
16/05/2009 19:42:00
i hope he didnt damage the door because we will ask for over inflated prices to replace it like clubs are getting for citeh players lol
16/05/2009 19:53:00
The fact is city should have never been in this situation in the first place. We have enough quality and time to secure a uefa cup place weeks ago. Spurs were practically relegated in december, still managed to get to a cup final - west ham have overtaken us with a novice manager at the helm - fulham have been fantastic despite not spending 110million like hughes. City have got worse and MK seems immune from critism from everyone. If hughes is still in a job in the next five weeks, i will dreading next season. No matter how many millions we spend.
enzo city
16/05/2009 21:00:00
Enjoy your 5 minutes of fun Spuds, you arnt going to Europe either. Old Bagpuss' claim of 'It looked a nailed on penalty to me' says that he should have gone to specsavers.
16/05/2009 21:06:00
When its the other way round 8thsin the manager says I really didn't see it. According to all the experts aparts from thfcambs it was a harsh decision, but thats football and spuds deserved their win on the performance of the first half. Now we have to look forward to see who will come in the summer even though we don't have european football to offer.
Buzz Lightyear
16/05/2009 22:15:00
Just seen the replay of the penalty, very very unlucky, more like 6 of one and a half dozen of the other, the ball was nowhere near the spuds player and the benefit should have gone to the defender. It is a pity Benhani wasted the chance of the match.
Buzz Lightyear
17/05/2009 07:21:00
and just to think Buzz Lightyear, it wasnt even a "spuds" player, but a man united player who won the game!
17/05/2009 09:40:00
At least we have the Tottenham fans on here proving why they are like the "Rags lite" (TM). Crowing about yet another undeserved victory, with about as much grace as the manure fans. Half hoping that Spuds do make it into Europe next season, 56 odd games will knock the stuffing out of their squad and they'll be back in mid-table obscurity yet again.
17/05/2009 09:42:00
lol fithcolumnblue....a little bitter are we this morning? "undeserved victory" ?....the game should of been dead and burried at the 30min mark....we laid seige to your goal with only given preventing an embarressing scorline for you!...get real man...we did you home and away AGAIN....10 wins in the last 11 for midtable obsurity please explain?...we have been in europe the last 3 seasons, 2 cup finals in 2 seasons, and last years carling cup...and next to villa and everton we are the only club who have pushed the big 4 the last 3 or 4 seasons.....thanks for the 6 points, and look foward to collecting another 6 next season as per usual!.....oh yeah, we wont because you will have kaka, messi, tevez, henry, ribery...LOL yeah right! more like another de jong, kompany, etc etc !!!
17/05/2009 10:37:00
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