Date: 15th August 2009 at 8:00pm
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Rovers Boss Big Sam pointed to City’s spending as the reason City won 2-0 at Ewood today. In contrast, Sparky hinted at a new found City siege mentality…

Allardyce:

‘I think it was very harsh. Our failing today was in the poor quality of our finishing. Shay Given’s pulled off some very good saves, which you’d expect him to do, but perhaps not quite so many in the first 45 minutes.

‘It’s our misfortune that when the chances dropped down, we didn’t quite finish them off. We did everything but score, and at the end of the day, you pay millions and millions for that quality of finishing.

‘The ones who can turn a half-chance into a goal get you more wins, and we couldn’t convert really good chances into goals today, never mind half-chances. I’d say Adebayor’s was only half a chance and it was a great finish. I can’t think of any other chances Man City really had after that.

‘There were a couple of good saves by Paul Robinson from Robinho but after all that, we still lost 2-0.’

Hughes:

‘Many people might have been looking to see if we were going to fall flat on our face today and I thought we gave a great response. You saw great character from City today. If we continue to play with the character we showed today then we will keep progressing.

‘We stood up to the challenge and we showed the qualities we will need.’

– Quite how Sparky can sleep tonight is beyond me. Mini Taggart’s Everton were humiliated today and it was all his fault. And that Joleon Lescott’s. Priceless.

And in a hilarious riposte to the smacked arse faced Everton manager’s midweek City focus, the Blues boss said:

“The headlines were quite predictable. I am not surprised David feels a bit aggrieved with the situation, you always are when a big club comes along trying to acquire one of your better players.

“You never want them to leave but we feel we are doing things the right way and through the proper channels.”



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