Sam reflects on Liverpool defeat

Last updated : 28 December 2013 By Plymouth_hammer

Assessing the game for WHUTV Allardyce said, ““There was an element of luck that got Liverpool on their way,” he said. “They weren’t looking like they were going to score before half-time and, if anybody had the better chances before they scored, it was probably us.

“Unfortunately their keeper has made a couple of good saves and there were a couple of good blocks, then there was a ball through from Mo Diame to Modibo Maiga which just the slightest touch [may have put it in the net] - he just cannot seem to pull it off at the moment, the lad.

“Then he had a chance off this head which was a great header across the defender and their keeper has pulled off a wonderful save.  To top it off, they took the lead from an own-goal after Jussi had saved it when there was no Liverpool player there to tap it in.

“That was unlucky, but what was really disappointing for me was conceding the second goal so soon after half-time like we did.  The lads came back with a goal when Liverpool were dominant and we didn’t look like we’d get it, and had we had a little more composure with our final pass, we might have made it 2-2.

“Then, the ball flashed across their goal and Modibo needed to tap it in, but he didn’t.  We needed to score at that time because, going into the last ten minutes, we threw more men forward and then fell asleep in the box when it could have been dealt with.  Suarez put it in the back of the net and that’s us dealt with.

“The fourth goal took a massive deflection off Joey O’Brien, so that was unfortunate and it makes the scoreline a bit hard to take.  The fact is, though, that we’re losing football matches and we’ve got to stop doing that.  That’s the key element that the players have to focus on.”