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Thursday 26 April 2018

Hughes blasts ref decisions

Martyn Ziegler

BLACKBURN 1

FULHAM 1

Mark Hughes claimed referee Anthony Taylor was too inexperienced to handle Fulham's draw at Blackburn, after he allowed a controversial goal for the home side.

The official missed an obvious shove by El Hadji Diouf on goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, allowing Chris Samba to head into an empty net after half an hour. Rovers boss Sam Allardyce was also critical of Taylor -- claiming Schwarzer should not even have still been on the pitch because of a "blatant" handball outside the box.

"It was a foul for their goal, so we are disappointed and our performance in the second half merited a win," said Hughes. "I don't think the referee has had a game like this before, it's only his second game in the Premier League. I just feel there's a lot going on off the ball when you play the likes of Blackburn and you need an experienced referee to recognise that and understand what's going on."

Clint Dempsey headed home expertly on the 56th minute, as Fulham brushed off a poor first-half display to finish on top and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

"We have got away with that [the shove] perhaps, but we were exposing Mark Schwarzer's weaknesses and he handled outside the box blatantly," said Allardyce.

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