Hoddle seeks timely answer


CHELSEA manager Glenn Hoddle asked Barnsley referee Steve Lodge why their English FA Cup clash against Newcastle had stretched into six minutes of injury time.

The sides had already played three minutes over when Les Ferdinand snatched a dramatic equaliser for Newcastle, and Hoddle said I did go to see the referee quite calmly and just wanted his explanation.

He said he played four minutes over, but on the bench it seemed like an hour. Our stop watch was on 96 minutes and he still hadn't finished the game.

He didn't really explain why he played so much time. I wanted to know whether his watch had stopped."

Hoddle added. We got punished for a mistake when we deserved to win. The boys are distraught to suffer a blow like that and we have got to pick them up.

Hoddle admitted. There were things said afterwards in the dressing room.

But you can't blame Dmitri. He made mistakes, but we have made mistakes in front of our opponents' goal in the last seven or eight games.

Today was no different and we could have been two up, then even with the mistake we would have gone through.

It was hard for us to take on the nose, and the replay is a game we feel we shouldn't be playing."

Ferdinand, meanwhile, now has the incentive of a fourth round trip to face his former club Queens Park Rangers.

It would be nice to go back there, but the replay is not a foregone conclusion," he said.

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan was relieved" to be still in the competition.

We were a bit lucky to get out of it, but that's the Cup. And if we win the replay we'll come back to our London base. We should buy a hotel down here."