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Blackburn boss Hughes reflects on AJ's disallowed winner

Blackburn claimed a fortunate point in the 0-0 home draw with local rivals Everton.

The visitor's had a late goal disallowed by Andrew Johnson for a debateable offside decision which would have given Everton a deserved victory.

Rovers struggled throughout the game and their only chances came at the beginning of the match and late on, both falling to Roque Santa Cruz.

Only when David Bentley reverted to his wide role did Blackburn pose any sort of threat.

Benni McCarthy and Santa Cruz could have stolen the points for Rovers but this would have been harsh on Everton who enjoyed the majority of the possession and created the better chances.

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes was equally baffled with the offside decision even if his side got the benefit of the doubt in this instance.

"Do you understand the rule these days?" Hughes asked the assembled press.

"First phase, second phase, is he active, isn't he active? I've had this argument before and it's too much of a grey area.

"It's difficult for officials and frustrating for managers.

"Initially he (Johnson) was offside in the first phase although David (Moyes) will argue he wasn't in the second. It's crazy really.

As to the match itself, "I thought it was decent game with two clubs determined to get something for European qualification.

"It's disappointing as the home side not to take three points but maybe at the end of the season we will see this as decent point.

"It keeps our run going of seven unbeaten games which is a good return."

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