Both managers happy

Last updated : 15 December 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Bellamy celebrates his goal
Sir Bobby

"We got a great goal and at that stage, I thought we'd win it.

"JJ had a great chance but, young and inexperienced player that he is, he fumbled the opportunity.

"It was a great opportunity for us to go 2-0 up and game over, although he got into a great position but then, within a minute, they had equalised after a ricochet that could have spun anywhere.

"After that, it just see-sawed. We were fortunate at the end as we don't practice back-headers onto the bar, but it didn't go in.

"Neither side deserved to lose, but both sides could have won. It was played in a great spirit and at great pace and it's a point away from home and it's better than nothing.

"We've no complaints about the game ending honours even."

Gordon Strachan

"He (Marsden) had two cracking chances and if he'd had hair, I think we would have won the game as it skidded off his head both times.

"But it was great. I loved it, I loved the football, I loved the game and I loved the atmosphere.

"The teams showed each other so much respect, there were no bookings and the referee was excellent and there's not a bad word to say about the game.

"It's the game I've enjoyed most as a manager, in terms of excitement and feeling good about the game.

"We've had better results and beat Arsenal 3-2 recently but the excitement wasn't the same."

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