Ferguson won't blame Tim
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson refused to blame Tim Howard for Chelsea's winner.Sir Alex Ferguson was annoyed at the goal that knocked Manchester United out of the Carling Cup in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, but refused to blame goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Ferguson believes his defence was at fault for letting Damien Duff's free-kick bounce across Howard and into the net - in what he described as a 'terrific game.'
"They scored from a free-kick that was 50 yards out so I'm not happy about that," said Ferguson.
"No [Howard was not at fault], I thought the defenders had every chance to attack the ball but they let it bounce.
"We played exceptionally well second half. We needed that bit of luck but we didn't get it. I don't think you could divide the two teams. They were a threat on the counter but I thought we dealt with that well."
It is Ferguson's first domestic cup semi-final defeat, and he was disappointed to lose a record he was proud of.
"I'm disappointed but I suppose in an 18 year spell it was going to happen some time," added the Manchester United boss.
"It's the lesser of the two [cup] tournaments, but I'm a bit disappointed to lost the record. It just goes to show how good we are in semis."