Craig Bellamy expressed his delight at finding the net for the first time in his second spell in Liverpool colours, and was pleased to help the club book their place in the fourth round of the Carling Cup with a 2-1 win over Brighton.

The Reds went into the break with a 1-0 half-time lead, courtesy of the Welsh striker's neat link-up play with Luis Suarez, and Bellamy also played a part in Dirk Kuyt's breakaway strike midway through the second half to confirm Liverpool's place in the next round.

The Seagulls pulled a goal back in the closing minutes when Ashley Barnes converted from the spot, but Kenny Dalglish's side ensured their progression with a dominant performance at the Amex Stadium.

"It was a nice goal and I was pleased with it," Bellamy told Liverpoolfc.tv. "I managed to link up with Luis Suarez who is such an impressive player and it was a good feeling.


 

"I thought we steamrollered them in the first half. Our movement and everything was outstanding, but it just proves that when you are so on top you need to score the second and third goal.

"We faded in the second half and they played well. We gave them the incentive but we knew it was going to be a hard fought game."

After the disappointing defeat at the hands of Tottenham on Sunday, Dalglish urged his players to put on a good show for the Liverpool supporters who had backed the team so well at White Hart Lane.

And after dominating for long periods in last night's encounter against Gus Poyet's high-flying Brighton side, the second goal looked as though it wasn't going to come, making for a nervy ending, until the Reds capitalised with a counter-attack to extend their lead.

"It was a bit of relief for us when we got the second goal on the break but we are delighted to get through," Bellamy continued. "We had a lot of players out there like myself who needed the 90 minutes and I enjoyed it."

"We've still got a long way to go in the competition and we will try our best. We'll look forward to Saturday's draw now and see who we get."

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