Andy Carroll came off the bench to pull a goal back for Liverpool after Ramires and Didier Drogba had given Chelsea a 2-0 advantage in yesterday's FA Cup final defeat at Wembley.

The 23-year-old striker gave the Reds renewed hope at 2-1, after making a significant impact in the closing stages of the game, but was left to rue what might have been, with his performance proving too little too late for Kenny Dalglish's side.

Carroll thought he had pulled his team level, when his 81st minute header was adjudged not to have crossed the line, much to the relief of Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal.

Speaking after the game, the £35million man - who has come into strong criticism since making his move to Anfield - admitted he was disappointed with the result, but insists there are some positives to be taken.

"I thought it was over the line," he told reporters after the final whistle. "You'll know better than me but I thought it was - I thought it hit the other side of the bar, but I haven't seen it back.

"We had a few chances and could have put them away but it wasn't to be. It was unlucky because it (an equaliser) would have taken us into extra time.

"I did the best I could when I came on and we were unlucky."

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