Hughes angry over Sav reaction
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mark Hughes believes Robbie Savage continues to get the rough end of the stick.
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes is angry that the challenge from Al Bangura that broke Robbie Savage's leg has been 'swept under the carpet'.
Hughes claims there would have been a different reaction had Savage been the perpetrator of the tackle.
"I've been looking at the [Bangura] tackle again and the more I look at it, the more disappointed I am with it," Hughes told Sky Sports News.
"Whether or not there was any intent by the lad you will have to ask him but I thought it was a very poor challenge.
"I think given different circumstances and a reversal of roles in the situation then I'm sure there would have been a lot more made of the tackle but for whatever reason people want Robbie Savage to be the guilty party."
The Welshman cited adverse comments after Savage was involved in an incident that saw Gilberto Silva red carded for Arsenal at Ewood Park earlier this month.
"It was similar when an Arsenal player got sent off for fouling Robbie and it was turned around that Robbie was the guilty party - it's absolutely ridiculous."
The boss was speaking after new signing Stephen Warnock had been presented to the media and the former Liverpool left-back is delighted to link up with Hughes.
"I spoke to Craig Bellamy at Liverpool and he had nothing but praise for him and his backroom staff. He said the coaching facilities were fantastic but you only have to look at the team every week to see that they're on the up and how well they're doing," said Warnock.
Hughes believes Warnock will improve with regular first team football and the player, who was called up by England at the beginning of the last season, believes the move could help his international claims.
"I can't see it will do any harm for my international prospects," said Warnock. "If I can play week in, week out the [England] manager will maybe have a look at me.
"First and foremost I have to establish myself at Blackburn and you can never be guaranteed anything in football.
"There are other left-backs at the club who have seen me come in and will want to fight for their place.
"If I can work hard I have got as good a chance as anyone. I have to establish myself as a first team regular and hopefully help the team push on and help them do well in Europe."