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Martinez's woe at wretched Everton

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By ESPN Staff

No Mourinho bust-up, insists Roeder

Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder refused to be drawn into another Jose Mourinho touchline controversy after seeing his side miss out on the Carling Cup semi-finals.

The 51-year-old insisted he did not see the Portuguese brandishing an imaginary yellow card after Nicky Butt's foul on Arjen Robben which led to substitute Didier Drogba's decisive 78th-minute strike in the 1-0 defeat.

Roeder and his opposite number, who had earlier issued an apology to Everton striker Andrew Johnson, were seen exchanging views seconds later, although the Magpies manager was adamant it was all good-natured.

He said: 'We exchanged a few pleasantries - and they were pleasantries.

'I do not see why everyone has to know what was said every time two managers have a chat on the touchline. They were pleasantries.'

Drogba, who had scored the only goal a week earlier as Newcastle went down by the same scoreline in the Barclays Premiership at Stamford Bridge, repeated the feat just five minutes after being introduced as a replacement for Andriy Shevchenko.

His dipping curling shot after Michael Ballack had returned a short free-kick evaded Shay Given's despairing dive, although Roeder later revealed Nolberto Solano had failed to persuade referee Chris Foy to move the ball back to the less promising position in which the foul had been committed.

However, Roeder admitted he had no complaints about the result despite seeing a first-half Obafemi Martins shot hit the bar and bounce on the line.

He said: 'In the context of the whole 90 minutes of the football match, no.

'Mourinho talks about his players always having fighting spirit and they never lie down. Well, I feel the same way about my players tonight.

'They did not lie down and they fought as hard as they could. In the first half, we were the better side and were millimetres away from taking the lead with a shot from Martins which would have been a contender for one of the goals of the season.

'But it was not to be. The second half was more even. You might say their keeper did not have much to do, but to be perfectly honest, Shay in either game in the last week did not have too much to do either, which is testament to our lads.'

Drogba's goal was his 17th of the season and his third successive match-winner.

However, Mourinho's number two Steve Clarke, standing in for the manager at the post-match press conference, insisted the Londoners could not rely on their star striker all the time.

He said: 'It does not always follow when you get someone who scores lots and lots of goals that you become champions because of that.

'Sometimes it is better if the goals are shared around like they have been for the last two seasons.

'Obviously, Didier's goals at the moment are very, very important to us, but we are hoping along the course of the season, other people will chip in.

'It is dangerous to rely on one man to score all your goals.'

Newcastle confirmed before the match they have received a potential takeover approach from US hedge fund Polygon.

The club issued a statement to the Stock Exchange during the afternoon confirming that St James' Park Group Limited, a consortium backed by Polygon Global Opportunities Master Fund, are among the parties currently in talks with shareholders.