Kenny Dalglish has refused to be drawn on the standard of refereeing after stand-in goalkeeper Alexander Doni was sent off in Liverpool’s dramatic 3-2 win over Blackburn last night.
Doni was forced into the Reds starting line up after Pepe Reina’s red card against Newcastle last week, but the former Roma shot-stopper was given his marching orders after his side had taken an early two goal lead thanks to a Maxi Rodriguez brace.
While third choice keeper Brad Jones saved Yakubu’s resulting spot kick, Rovers fought back to 2-2 against ten man Liverpool thanks to two goals from the Nigerian, before Andy Carroll secured the win for the visitors in the dying minutes of the game.
The game marked Liverpool’s first victory in their last five league outings, and Dalglish insisted he would not discuss the decision to send Doni off, instead wanting to keep the focus on his side’s performance.
"We're not going to discuss the decision of the referee," Dalglish told Sky Sports.
“We are not going to discuss it now. I don't intend to discuss it," he added when pushed for an answer.
Liverpool have been heavily criticised for their recent run of form, and there were shades of the 3-2 defeat against QPR last month where the Reds threw away a two goal lead about their performance last night.
However Dalglish remained adamant that they were good value for all three points.
“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," he said.
Dalglish now faces a dilemma with two of his goalkeepers suspended for Liverpool’s F.A Cup semi-final showdown against Everton on Saturday, although it could have been much worse had Jones seen red for his challenge on Yakubu that gave Blackburn the opportunity to draw level from the penalty spot just after the hour mark.
“I don't think he (Jones) deserved to be sent off. The referee made the right decision," Dalglish commented.
He added: "We're just delighted with the victory and we're just going to give the boys all the credit they deserve.
"They've had a bit of abuse recently so let's give them a bit of credit."