Hughes: An Excellent Performance

Last updated : 25 August 2005 By Sam
"I thought it was an excellent performance and a game we dominated from the start almost to the finish until the sending-off of Lucas Neill," Hughes said after the game at Ewood Park

"It was probably an ill-advised challenge considering he had already been shown a yellow card, but I thought he made a genuine attempt to get the ball but his momentum took him through the opponent.

"It took the gloss off what was a very solid performance in which we played some excellent football against a side who had won both their previous games this season.

"We thought we might have had a claim for a penalty when Brett Emerton seemed to have his shirt pulled as he tried to get in on goal."