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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 April, 2005, 16:25 GMT 17:25 UK
Hughes hits back at rival Wenger

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes (left) was not happy with Arsene Wenger's comments
Blackburn boss Mark Hughes brushed off criticism from Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger that his team was too physical in their FA Cup semi-final.

Blackburn lost 3-0 and when told of Wenger's comments, Hughes retorted: "Because of the way we try to compete?

"I don't think we need to be criticised for that.

"We had a game-plan to try to compete and that's what we did. If you want to criticise us for our approach, then you will do."

He added: "Maybe he was just upset by Arsenal's time-wasting."

Hughes was also unforgiving of any tough treatment that Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira may have suffered.

"He is a big player and a big man," he said. "At times, he has to expect that people will compete against him. Maybe he has to be a bit more robust to resist tackles."

Hughes says he did not see a clash between Rovers defender Andy Todd and Arsenal striker Robin van persie but believes the Football Association will take action if required.

"I've not seen it. If it gets highlighted and something has gone on, I'm sure the FA will do something but I can't comment until I've seen it," he said.

Interview: Blackburn manager Mark Hughes

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