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Fergie: We Didn't Create Enough

Fergie: We Didn't Create Enough

Sir Alex Ferguson blasted referee Mark Clattenburg but admitted his team were far from their best at Bolton.

The 1-0 reverse at the Reebok has been the first defeat since August and it understandably left Fergie fuming. He was particularly disappointed with Clattenburg who did not do enough to stop Bolton kicking our players off the park.

'It was a feisty game, I think they set an aggressive tone. You look for some protection from the referee, we didn't get it, and it became a shambles in the first-half. There was foul after foul after foul.

'I told him exactly what I thought and he didn't like it. Some referees don't like the truth. I just told him how bad I thought he was in the first half, the game was becoming a shambles.

'They battled for their lives, they're down at the bottom of the league, we knew that is part of their game. I thought we should have got more protection from the referee, but we didn't get that and it was a battle.

'We got embroiled ourselves before half time, giving silly fouls away, which we didn't want to do. We wanted to keep the momentum of the game going, keep passing the ball and use our intelligence to beat teams like that.'

Well, that intelligence was nowhere to be seen until the last 20 minutes and that's the biggest problem, Fergie admitted.

'Fortunately in the second half, Bolton cooled down. They defended very deeply, we had a lot of possession without really making any chances and you can't say we deserved to win the game because we didn't make enough chances to win it.

'We do have to take defeats as part of the game, we have to bounce back, because we've got the players with the quality and determination to do that.

'Hopefully we can go on another long run like we did after our last defeat to Manchester City.'

Hopefully. But with Arsenal's relentless winning run and their astonishing luck and even more baffling late goals... I think they will win it. Prove me wrong, guys.

Date:Saturday November 24 2007
Time: 6:28PM


October 2004 anyone?????????????????You reap what you sow, so shut the **** up ferguson you (unt
24/11/2007 20:55:00
Wow, Red Nose is blaming the referee. Suprise, surprise. Watch out, you might pop a vein or two. He's a tool for not playing his best player, Ronaldo, not even on the bench and it cost the match. Where's this Man Utd depth that Red Nose is claiming? Arsenal didn't have Fabregas, Hleb, Flamini, Van Persie and Gilberto and they still managed a win.
25/11/2007 00:56:00
"the best squad ever assembled", not from where I'm sitting. Basically utd are a two man team, the rest are just bit part players. These excuses from ferguson are like those we had three years ago when guess who was his main opponent
25/11/2007 04:07:00
Expect Clattenburg to be 'rested' for a while at the request of the stupid old soak.
25/11/2007 04:12:00
BMF: we beat wigan at home 4-0 without vidic, neville, saha, evra, carrick, hargreaves and fletcher. we had terrible injury problems, including the loss of rooney for very long periods now yet we still managed to stay very close to arsenal playing on the very top of their form (no room for improvement from where i'm sitting) and without serious injury problems. oh, and we beat wigan with a CONVINCING display.
25/11/2007 19:24:00
October 2004????? Who gives a ***** about October 2004 anymore? I guess all the ABU brigade use that one event as an excuse for anyone who tries to cripple our players. But never mind, we'll win the league again and you can harp on stupidly about lack of squad depth... Arsenal looked woeful without Fabregas, they were pure utter *****e yesterday and absolutely lucky... just as they were against us. Watch out, injuries will start to trouble the gooners, too, and they will have big problems then. pity they played against such a desperately poor team yesterday.
25/11/2007 19:26:00
Anyway, Ronaldo had a little injury so that's why he couldn't play. We were unlucky, we did not have Scholes, Rooney, Ronaldo and Vidic, any team would feel that. Arsenal were tremendously, unbelievably lucky so far, they are bound to encounter some misfortune soon.
25/11/2007 19:35:00
Ha Ha. Now we know you lot are worried when the 'lucky Arsenal' tag starts rearing its head. On another more interesting tack name the manager who said the following: On Aggression in football: "There's nothing wrong with being aggressive so long as it's the right kind of aggression." On Mark Hughes: "He has aggression and determination. I think I had that too and I think that it's a great quality." I'll give you mancs a starter for ten.
Wyn Mills
25/11/2007 21:19:00
I was just pointing out who started the "if you can't better their football, kick the ***** out of them" game mentality. Now the stupid old soak moans when it happens to his team, but Bolton are lambs compared to a ferguson team when they employ those tactics. Please explain this so-called luck that Arsenal have. Is it the same luck that won you the league last season and every season in your fortunate history?
25/11/2007 22:13:00
Vidicinho, most of the players you had name are overrated like the canadian Hargreaves, Fletcher and Carrick. While Neville is old, time to find a replacement for him, not crap Wes Brown and Saha is injury-prone. As long as you have Ronaldo, Scholes and Rooney, you can beat Wigan. So, you beat Wigan. Whoppie! Didn't Arsenal beat Reading while ManU didn't, you don't see me gloating. Without serious injury? You don't recall Van Persie and Gallas being out for sometime, well good for you? Arsenal has "no room for improvement", yeah, good on you. We have lots of players who are young and who still have to play at their peak. Now sit over there and pout.
25/11/2007 23:32:00
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