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The Old Trafford Extra Time Big Match Reaction

The Old Trafford Extra Time Big Match Reaction

Referee Martin Atkinson blew the final whistle on 96 minutes 58 seconds after the rags second favourite Scouser scored on 95 minutes and 28 seconds...

The rival managers give their reaction to the 4-3 derby...

Taggart, magnanimous as ever:

'What can you say. We have thrown three goals away at them. It could have been an embarrassment today. It could have been six or 7-0 if we had defended our proper way, our normal way, we could have won by a big score today.

'But making mistakes was an essence of the game it became the best derby game of all time. So what do you choose? One of the best derby games of all time or win 6-0?'

'We have a neighbour, and sometimes neighbours are noisy, but we showed our power today and we get on with life.'

Mark Hughes, seething but proud:

'The board had gone up for four minutes of additional time at the same time as Craig Bellamy made it 3-3.

'The additional time after the four minutes didn`t sit comfortably with me. We feel aggrieved. Everyone in the stadium knew the time allotted. I would like an explanation why more was added on but I rather doubt that I will get it. The fourth official said time was added because of our goal celebration but that lasted only forty-five seconds.'

(Fourth official Alan Wiley was seen on TV gleefully joking with Taggart as the united manager pointed to his watch after The English Patient hit the winner.)

'What is really upsetting is that we have no tangible reward for a huge effort and that other people played a hand in the result.

'It is a bit raw at the moment to see any positives but we will pick the bones out of the match and be ready to go again on Wednesday in a competition that is important to us. We can't dwell on this or feel sorry for ourselves.

'We showed great quality at times, especially to come back three times in the manner that we did. I was disappointed with all the goals that we gave away and that we allowed ourselves to be penned back at times. We had to deal with too many balls into our box for my liking but Craig Bellamy scored two magnificent goals and we kept coming back at United.

'We dug deep and we were spurred on by our great backing and I am sorry for them that we didn't take at least a point from the match. We have to be more bloody minded but more than anything I am disappointed that we haven't got the reward that our efforts deserved.'


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday September 20 2009
Time: 5:45PM


I don't think it is acceptable for the referee to point to a goal celebration which continued into the four minutes of extra time. I assume the referee thinks he is "safe" with that within the rules. I believe the referee has decided to penalise City for pulling level so close to the end. The whole matter stinks to high heaven.
20/09/2009 18:18:00
The rules state that 30 seconds are allowed to be added for a goal. It doesn't matter how long the celebration was (Hughes said it was about 40 seconds). I noticed he didn't add on another 3 minutes after they scored. Their celebration was longer than ours. Why's that then? Oh I forgot... we're City so if we need a goal the game ends immediately.
20/09/2009 18:24:00
Ouch! Baaaaa! Feckin great game to watch though.
20/09/2009 18:29:00
Ah well - another Utd OT win hehehe
20/09/2009 18:30:00
hope the fa throw the book at the rags for TWO,count em TWO incidents involving utd,when the coin was thrown at garrido and two when the rag fan ran on the pitch. was funny,on talksport while ago a female rag fan texted in saying 'bellamy should be punished for pushing him' and the lads just laughed at it!
20/09/2009 18:35:00
Whatever comments fergie makes is due to fear. I dont care what he says.The ref had no excuse. Chelsea v spurs had two players strectured of due to injury. This took up 15minutes of play, the 4th official said 7mins injury time should be played. And the game had exactly 7mins injury time, no more, no less. Derby game had no injuries, no player squabbles, no time wasting, no pitch invasion, no air plane landing on the pitch, no mardi gra march on the pitch to justify 4mins extra time. Where the extra 2mins come from i dont know. I urge the media to focuss in on fergie and the 4th official sharing a joke after rags scored. Just moments after hughes questioned why the game wasnt finished 2mins ago.
enzo city
20/09/2009 18:39:00
Chelsea fan here. I was actually hoping for a draw for obvious reasons. but I think its evident for a while but especially now that we have a new law of physicas in the EPL>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Old Trafford+Referees+Penalties+Fake Extra Time+Luck=3pts............ I think i can take out the Luck part.
20/09/2009 18:42:00
Amazing how the hacks are tiptoeing around the 7 minutes and none of them have the bottle to question Taggart over it. Daniel Taylor, the Guardian's Manchester hack has now revealed himself to be a rag. Ban him from Carrington.
Johnny Baguette
20/09/2009 18:42:00
If richards had even a average game than a awful one we would have got something
enzo city
20/09/2009 18:43:00
In the Chelsea Spuds game there was what 15 minutes worth of stoppages due to injuries... we had none at all and there was about the same amount of injury time in both games. What a joke.
20/09/2009 18:47:00
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