Mark Hughes on his first goal, the performance and Richie Barker leaving
“That was a tough game, it was very hard going. It’s always tough when you are playing against better opposition. When they have the ball a lot like that it does get tiring but I thought we gave as good as we got. On another day we could have got a break and got in there but their quality was there to see. It was little things, their finishing and that little bit of extra quality. They are where they are and we will move on without losing three points.
We were never out of the game, that’s what we said in the dressing room at half time. Even at 1-0 – which I think we didn’t deserve, we said at half time that we had to keep it at 1-0 because we knew that we’d get a chance. Then obviously they got a second but we managed to pull one back straight away. It was tough, but I thought we were excellent today.
Their first goal came from a quickly taken free kick, they are just quick players – they just switch on quickly, but we had three players on the floor. I don’t know why but he gave the decision to them. I don’t know why he did that. We have to react to that better and be quicker, but he struck it well and then it was backs to the wall, but we gave a good account of ourselves.
There’s one slight positive for me with getting my first goal for the club. It’s about time! It was better than the own goal the other week against Birmingham. To be honest, I should score more. I’ve never gone through a season without scoring before. I’d rather stop them and win 1-0, but it was nice to get a goal. I think my last one was at Walsall – years ago.
You’d have to ask Efe about the red card. It was a split second thing. As a defender you tend to lead in with your arms and the lad seems to have been caught. The ref had brand new cards and he couldn’t wait to get them out, but we will move on. Sodje is out for three games, it’s going to be tough but we have good experience with Adam Lockwood with us.
We haven’t lost any points, plus there were plenty of positives to take out of the game. More positives than negatives. Now we’ll have a good week with Shirty and Futch and we can plan for Brentford on Saturday. If we carry on playing like that, we will win more games than we lose.
With the gaffer leaving us on Tuesday, there’s not really much of a difference. Futch and Shirty are still here. Nothing has really changed, nobody has sulked about it – apart from Schuey because we gave him stick about missing his dad (Richie Barker). Nothing has changed, Shirty has told us that nothing is going to change. That’s football, that’s the way it should be. Things happen in football and you move on, players move on and managers move on. We get paid by the club, not by the manager – its football. Richie has gone and all the best to him. His new team will do well, but not as good as us.
We’d all heard the rumours over the weekend. We came in on Tuesday and out of the blue the gaffer came in and told us all that it was true. You can hardly blame him for taking it with his family living so far away. It must have been tough for him. He’s gone and he will be forgotten soon, some will probably have forgotten him already. I’m grateful that he brought me here, he gave me a chance but we move on now.’