Hughes In Good Humour Despite Dismissal
By Footymad News
Updated Saturday, 23rd April 2011
Mark Hughes was sent to the stands by referee Michael Oliver after remonstrating with the match officials during a 1-1 draw at Wolves.Wolves took the lead in the 22nd minute when Steven Fletcher headed in a cross from skipper Karl Henry.
Andy Johnson equalised with 10 minutes to go, though, the former Everton striker dispatching the ball beyond Wayne Hennessey just seconds after coming on as a substitute.
Hughes was incensed by Oliver's decision to book Brede Hangeland for a challenge on Fletcher, although he joked he may have been given his marching orders for his inability to take out his frustrations on a bottle, which he tried to kick but missed.
"I was disappointed because I felt Brede had won the ball," Hughes said. "The referee interpreted it in a different way and saw it fit to book my player for a challenge I thought was fair, so that is why I reacted.
"Probably the fourth official played a part in my dismissal and it was for missing the bottle I was aiming at three times - that was poor play from my point of view!"
Hughes subsequently made changes which paid dividends, with Bobby Zamora - on for Eidur Gudjohnsen - tussling with Christophe Berra for a ball into the box which fell to Johnson, teeing up him up to score. "I won't take any credit for that - I'm just trying to make a difference," Hughes said.