Dalglish urges Liverpool players to calm down, calm down
Published 17:25 01/04/12 By MirrorFootball
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish urged his players to deal better with their frustration after a stormy 2-0 defeat at Newcastle.
Goalkeeper Jose Reina was sent off nine minutes from time for head-butting defender James Perch, and £35million striker Andy Carroll, who endured a miserable return to his former club, headed straight down the tunnel having aimed a volley of abuse at his manager when he was replaced two minutes earlier.
Reina will miss the FA Cup semi-final against Everton as a result of his misdemeanour, and his side now find themselves 11 points adrift of Newcastle and a point behind Merseyside rivals Everton in the race for sixth place in the Barclays Premier League.
Dalglish said: "We started well enough. We passed and moved and looked pretty threatening, but obviously, it ended up with a lot of frustration and disappointment.
"The frustration and disappointment resulted in the actions Pepe (Reina) took when he got a deserved red card.
"Also when Andy came off and went up the tunnel, he was disappointed with the way the game was going, not necessarily for himself, but for the team, and the frustration took him up into the dressing room.
"We don't have a problem with people showing their desperation or disappointment or frustration, but we need to channel it better than we have done."
Papiss Cisse's double won an incident-packed game as Carroll's return to Tyneside turned into a nightmare.
He was booked for diving early on and headed over from close range, and his side might have been awarded a 16th-minute penalty for handball after full-back Danny Simpson bundled the ball off the line.
However, by the time Carroll left the pitch, to his clear annoyance and cat-calls from the home fans with 11 minutes remaining, his side was heading for defeat.
Cisse opened the scoring with 19 minutes gone when he headed home Hatem Ben Arfa's superb cross, and he doubled the dose 14 minutes after the restart with a cool close-range finish.
If the game was not beyond Liverpool at that point, it certainly was with 81 minutes gone when Reina was sent off for an ugly clash with Perch, and with all his substitutions used, Dalglish had to ask former Magpie Jose Enrique to don the gloves.
The Scot said: "Maybe if we shout up louder, we might get some refereeing decisions.
"But we will try to remain calm and try to sort out the problems we have to get ourselves back into the way we want to be playing."
For opposite number Alan Pardew, it was a day to relish as Cisse, the man he bought for less than a third of what the club raked in for Carroll, took his tally to seven goals in as many games.
Pardew said with a smile: "His English isn't great - I think he's only had one lesson since he's been here.
"We had Africa Day at the training ground on Friday with the food, that probably helped him.
"He had some curried goat and maybe that was why he was fuelled up today."
Asked about the vastly differing fortunes of Cisse and Carroll, Pardew said: "I felt for Andy today, I did.
"He's a terrific lad and he's having a tough year. But he will come back.
"On our side of the coin, Cisse was terrific, and long may that continue."
Victory put the Magpies level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea, but Pardew was still refusing to contemplate a late charge towards the top four.
He said: "If someone said, 'You are going to be in the Europa League', I would snap their hands off."