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REACTION: HARRY KEWELL ON CARABAO CUP EXIT

Head Coach's thoughts after Reds lose 2-1 to Bristol Rovers

14 August 2018

Club News

REACTION: HARRY KEWELL ON CARABAO CUP EXIT

Head Coach's thoughts after Reds lose 2-1 to Bristol Rovers

14 August 2018

Harry Kewell's thoughts after Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

HIS OVERALL ASSESSMENT

It was an extremely frustrating. I felt we held our own against a League One side and deserved a lot more. We were physically strong, we tried to play against a decent side and we kept going. On another night we might have been the team going through to the next round.

… THOUGHTS ON THE PENALTY INCIDENT AND POLEON RED CARD

When a defender spreads his arms and the ball hits the arm it’s a penalty. Dom gets booked out of total frustration and then there’s the incident where he got a second yellow. There’s a collision, both players get up and they boot the ball away when it should have been a drop ball on the edge of their box. I didn’t understand that decision – the referee has said things which my players have contradicted. You cannot plan for human error and it’s very disappointing.

Dom gets a second yellow, again borne out of frustration, which means we will be without him on Saturday at Port Vale.

… ON THE PERFORMANCE OVERALL

We looked fit and strong. The youngsters who came in were excellent and I thought Rob Milsom did a job as well. It’s a case of getting minutes under their belts for some of these guys and I thought there were lots of positives for us.

 


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