Hand Of God?

Last updated : 22 January 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

Rovers boss Mark Hughes admitted his side had enjoyed a stroke of luck, but believed their performance on the day warranted it.

Hughes: "I've not seen it - I would say that - but if we have got a break, we are grateful for that, but our general play deserved some reward today. I thought we were the better team.

"We looked the more likely side to win the game. We had a number of clear-cut chances in the first half especially, and in the second half, I thought we were always in control of the game."

Souness, however, disagreed.

Souness: "If you analyse the game, Shay Given has made one save in the first half - and it was a fantastic save - but other than that, he didn't have a save to make.

"If you look at Albert Luque, the chances he had - one where he did nothing wrong early on and it was a great save by Brad (Friedel) and then his header in the second half - and Lee Bowyer's chance when Alan (Shearer) knocked it down to him - that was a great opportunity.

"But when it's not happening for you, it's not happening for you, and the way they got their goal sums up where we are."