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Roy of the Fulham glad of the woodwork

last updated Saturday 18th October 2008, 9:16 PM
Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson admitted: "I don't think I've ever seen the ball hit the woodwork three times from one shot before - but long may it continue if we are the side to benefit.

"People might say we were lucky today but I thought we played well, fought hard and deserved a draw at least.

Hodgson congratulated referee Stroud for disallowing Richardson's free-kick in the second half.

He said: "He had warned Chimbonda already for pushing in the wall and obviously kept his eye on the situation. "Fair play to him because luckily for us he was able to focus on his job and make the right decision.

"We looked a bit jaded to start with but improved and the main thing was we ended a run of defeats, broke our duck with the point."

Sunderland boss Roy Keane bit his tongue and refused to condemn referee Keith Stroud's decision to rule out a stunning free-kick by Kieran Richardson in today's goalless draw at Fulham.

Stroud, refereeing only his second Premier League game this season, spotted pushing by Pascal Chimbonda in the Fulham wall and disallowed the strike - even though television replays appeared to prove the full-back innocent.

Keane insisted: "The official got it wrong, no doubt about it, but there is no point in me ranting and raving and swearing about it because it wouldn't do me any good and might get me into trouble.

"I prefer to focus on some of the positive football we played because if there is something I can't control goes against us I just have to accept it. It certainly didn't look to be our day - especially with Kieran hitting the woodwork like that.

"It was a game of chances and yet no goals. That's why top strikers are paid so much money to put the ball in the net. But to be honest Fulham had chances as well and perhaps a draw was a fair result. No - change that, we edged it.''

Source Bill Pierce at PA Sport
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