on taking home a point...
"It was a fair result. We were 1-0 down with 10 men but I feel that we deserved a point in the end. If you look at what Middlesbrough created I feel we were always in control of the game. I feel we did not create enough ourselves in the first half but in the second we slowly took over. It is a game we would have won with 11 versus 11. We have shown great character, spirit and resilience again. I would like to see us 1-0 up and Middlesbrough down to 10 men and come back."

on the penalty...
"It was the referee's decision to give a penalty, what can I do? We have seen many of them given for that but we have seen as many not given for that."

on the subsequent red card for Philippe Senderos...
"I feel the red card was harsh but once he has given a penalty what can the referee do? I don't think Senderos wanted to make a foul. In the spirit of the game the red card was harsh."

on the concept of a 'professional foul'...
"I don't what it means. When I am a professional I go for the ball."

on Viduka's first-half challenge on Toure...
"I was very upset about that. It is now a repetition. It is difficult to see that the guys don't play the ball at all. I am talking generally here. It is now accepted that you can put the elbow into the face of the defender, then back into him and [only] then go for the ball."

on title chances...
"They are slimmer now but we have not given up. We have not lost in 2007 and if we keep that up we will do well in a few competitions. We are in four. Today we paid a heavy price for the fact we had many injuries and we had a very hard game on Wednesday night."



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