Belfast Telegraph

Dalglish quiet on Doni red card

Kenny Dalglish refused to discuss the sending off of goalkeeper Alexander Doni after 10-man Liverpool beat Blackburn 3-2 in the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool keeper Doni, in for the suspended Jose Reina, was dismissed for a foul on Junior Hoilett and was replaced by Brad Jones who saved Ayegbeni Yakubu's penalty.

"We're not going to discuss the decision of the referee," Dalglish told Sky Sports 1. When pressed he added: "We are not going to discuss it now. I don't intend to discuss it."

Maxi Rodriguez had already scored twice to seemingly put Liverpool in control, but Yakubu pulled a goal back before half-time and then netted a second-half penalty, conceded by Jones, before Andy Carroll netted a dramatic winner.

Dalglish refused to answer any questions about the performance of referee Anthony Taylor.

He added: "To get a man sent off and come away from here with a victory speaks great credit for them. It's been a smashing day for us."

When asked about Jones' foul on Yakubu which led to the second penalty and to a yellow card for the Australian, Dalglish responded: "I don't think he deserved to be sent off. The referee made the right decision."

Blackburn manager Steve Kean was unhappy Taylor and his assistant had missed what he claimed was a foul on Grant Hanley by Martin Skrtel in the run-up to Liverpool's winner.

Kean claimed Hanley would have got back to where Daniel Agger headed the ball on for Carroll to head in the winner.

He said: "It's cruel because we felt we had done enough (to get a point). I feel very aggrieved about the last goal. Grant had tried to get back up but he can't get back up because Skrtel's pulling him to the ground."


From Belfast Telegraph