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Curbishley: a terrible decision


Filed: Sunday, 28th October 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel


Alan Curbishley blasts Mike Dean for the penalty that could have cost United all three points ...

It was a terrible ending. If they had scored it would have been an injustice, the way the game went and the actual decision to give the penalty. So justice was done.

We could have perhaps taken all three points. But I've not forgotten that Greneie made two really good saves in the first five or ten minutes, so we'll take the point.

We've copped another injury - one injured befor the game and another during it. Bellamy's got an abdominal strain - again. He just can't get going for us. Let's not forget Ashton, Zamora, Parker, Ljungberg, Dyer, Faubert, Collins and Davenport - and so on.

We go to Coventry on Tuesday and I'll have to wait and see what we've got left. It's becoming quite critical now. The players that are playing put in a great display, they did exactly what we asked them to.

We've changed the way we've been playing - it was about stopping Portsmouth, if you like - and we did a good job. As the game went on, if you took the penalty out of it we probably had the best chances.

The penalty? Well it was out of the box to start with. It was ball to hand and a very harsh decision to give in the 93rd minute, that's for sure. If the ref hadn't have given it, I don't think too many people would have complained.

I was surprised that he gave it but obviously pleased that we got the save. Greenie done fantastic, but we shouldn't have been put in that position.

Solano's two chances? Yes, he will be disappointed with that but we've brough Nobby in, perhaps asked him to play out of position, and Criag, but we felt that had to be done today as Portsmouth were on such a great run. But we knew that if we got it down and passed it we'd create a couple of chances, which we did.

Green? Well he's been playing like that all season. Everyone will talk about the penalty save but let's not forget the saves he made as the game started and one or two things he did during the game. It was a great night for him and he obviously hasn't done himself any harm.

Me, despondant? Well I look at Portsmouth and they've had a good start, made five or six signings who are all playing. I just want to be in a position where we get a few [players] back so there's a bit of competition. At the moment we are down to 16 or 17 players, and it's very difficult.

Two of them - Solano and Camara - will be cup-tied for Tuesday night so it's getting a bit delicate. We could do with one or two of them coming back. Hopefully, Ashton and Parker are probably the two who are closest to that.





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