Friday 23 June 2017

Gerrard feels for his cousin after penalty heartbreak

Ian Herbert

Steven Gerrard said there was nothing he could say to lift his devastated cousin Anthony after the Cardiff City player's miss allowed Liverpool to bring silverware back to Anfield after six barren years.

The Liverpool captain -- who went straight to his cousin after his miss as he lay on the Wembley pitch -- said: "It doesn't matter what I say to him at this time.

"I know that he will be down. I have been there when I scored an own goal against Chelsea (in the 2005 final).

"I will be here for him after the game and all the family will be behind him. It's always cruel when it goes to penalties because there has to be a loser."

Dalglish admitted his side had not played well.

"It's a long way to win it," said the Scot, whose side had not won at Wembley in 17 years.

"I don't think the boys played particularly well, and Cardiff were a good side. We were always going to go under pressure. They have very good delivery in set plays. It's not a nice way to win a cup but we'll take it."

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay admitted the defeat had been hard to take.

"Yes it was. We had a chance in the last minute which Kenny (Miller) just places over and I thought that was going to be that. I'm proud of them, so very proud of them," he said.

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Mackay said the inaccuracy from the spot was because "both teams had people going down with cramp. You saw two teams who put everything into it. You lose with dignity. We lost today with dignity. For some of these lads, it's the first time they've been anywhere like this so it's new for some of them.

"I'm competitive and I wanted to come and win this. But we've done this competition proud this season and we've got a lot to be proud of.

"I don't think they'll have any problems with raising themselves for a promotion push to the Premier League."

Gerrard added: "Cardiff were superb today, their supporters were fantastic. They need to proud of their performance.

"But we got there by the skin of our teeth. We always do it the hard way for some reason and we have done it again."

Dirk Kuyt praised Liverpool's tenacity for coming through the nervy penalty shoot-out.

"We kept on believing and that was the important thing," he said.

Kuyt hopes last night's achievement can trigger further success.

"This is what I came to Liverpool for," he added. "To win a first trophy is excellent and hopefully we can add another later in the season." (© Independent News Service)

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