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Hughes: Ref got it wrong

Hartlepool boss John Hughes admits referee Geoff Eltringham was wrong to send off Colchester's Jabo Ibehre during their goalless draw.

Last Updated: 06/03/13 at 16:05

John Hughes: Sympathises with U's

John Hughes: Sympathises with U's

A point apiece means the gap between the relegation rivals remains eight points at the foot of League One.

But the game's main talking point was the decision to send off U's striker Ibehre two minutes before half-time following a challenge on Pools defender Neil Austin.

"For the red card, I don't think it was a booking," said Hughes. "Seriously. I sympathise with Colchester.

"If one of my players was sent off for that I'd be very disappointed. The lad came through and got his studs on the ball, I felt it was a poor decision."

Hughes also felt the one-man advantage did his team few favours.

"I felt it was difficult against 10 men, camped in to defend," he added. "We had to be patient, switch play, get it wide and we did it. It might have been one chance to get a goal and then the game would open up.

"The keeper made a couple of great saves and we were patient. Against 10 men it was as good as you can ask for in terms of playing football and playing in their half.

"We wanted it to drop in the box for us, can someone gamble on a cross? But don't go cavalier and keep them out at the back - but two points have got away from us."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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