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Wenger: Booing is normal after a loss like this

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February 9, 2013 « Farah season gathers pace with win | Chartbeat test »

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Arsene Wenger failed to see any magic side to the FA Cup after he threw Arsenal's full weaponry at Blackburn Rovers but the Championship side held on for a 1-0 victory.

Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla all entered the fray in an attempt to earn a draw at the Emirates but nothing worked and they had penalty appeals turned away.

Colin Kazim-Richards' goal on 72 minutes ultimately decided the tie and left the Gunners in a desperate state ahead of a Champions League last-16 match with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

After the game the fans expressed their vocal disappoint in the stadium, which did not surprise Wenger at all.

"What do you expect, people to applaud when you lose a game like that? It's absolutely normal," Wenger said. "I couldn't see how we could lose the game because we had a lot of the ball and they had one shot on goal but they defended well and it's the kind of game you can lose if you make a mistake at the back like we did.

"We have just lost a game today and we don't need to think too much about the eight season [drought for a trophy], the players who played today didn't play eight seasons ago and we must focus on the next game."

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton was less keen on savouring the moment of his team's victory and rather more on using it as a springboard for the rest of the season.

"I have said it for a while but it is about hard work, organisation and team effort. I thought the lads were fantastic," Appleton said. "We will enjoy that and then focus on Hull City in the league on Tuesday night. Matches like that have to be great for the confidence."

Rovers' win came off the back of a string of good results in the Championship and the Ewood Park outfit have now not lost since January 19, a period in which they have played six games. Defender Scott Dann revealed their successful tactic was to harry their Premier League opponents to distraction in order to stop their passing game.

"It's obviously a great achievement to get the win, get through to the next round and also get the clean sheet," Dann said. "We were on a high from the previous results we've had in the league. But we knew it would be a tough a task coming here. We knew we had to dig in and cut down the space we gave them. We did that very well."

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft laid his side's 3-1 defeat of MK Dons down to performing a thorough vetting of their opponents earlier in the week.

"We spent a lot of time and dedication preparing for this tie," Flitcroft said. "We locked the players in a hotel for two days and took them to Doncaster on Tuesday to watch MK Dons play. I think teams have underestimated MK Dons in the past and that's something we didn't want to do. Our first half performance was a masterclass."

Luton Town manager Paul Buckle lamented the errors which cost his non-league side further cup glory at home to Millwall as they went down 3-0. Yet the Hatters boss believes that if it had not been for the good form of Lions goalkeeper David Forde, things may have been different.

"We made terrible errors in the game," Buckle said. "The first goal was poor, we never gave ourselves a chance to get into game. Millwall didn't have to work particularly hard for their goals today, so that's a disappointment.

"On the flip side our attacking was good and they needed their goalkeeper today, their goalkeeper was in fine form."

Everton manager David Moyes rued the combination of his side not stretching the lead when they were 2-1 ahead and the officiating in their 2-2 draw at Boundary Park. The Toffees let in a 94th-minute goal from Matt Smith meaning a replay back at Goodison Park.

"We had a couple of few chances to wrap it and make it 3-1but we didn't do that," Moyes told Sky Sports.

"But I think there's a foul on the goalkeeper when the corner kick comes in. I think in most other games in the Premier League that would be given as a free-kick and it wasn't."

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