Dalglish: Key decisions cost us

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish feels that key decisions were the reason behind his side’s 1-0 loss at Fulham last night.


Young Reds midfielder Jay Spearing was sent off in the 71st minute for a strong challenge on Moussa Dembele.


Spearing did win the ball but referee Kevin Friend deemed his follow-through dangerous and worthy of a straight red card.


“Jay had no other thought in his mind but to win the ball, and he did win the ball,” said the Anfield chief.


“I'm not a referee so all you can say is sometimes they are given, sometimes they are not, but as long as they are consistent then it's not a problem.


“We'll have a look at it again and see if it's worth appealing.”


Dalglish would not be drawn on whether he thought it was the correct decision, but lamented a lack of consistency with these types of decision.


"I think you need to ask them (referees) what their interpretation is. It's frustrating because no one ever tells us what the interpretation is,” he added


It was the turning point on what was a frustrating night for the Mersysiders, who had gone into the game hoping to equal a club record of seven consecutive away wins.


These hope dwindled after Spearing was dismissed and an 85th minute strike from Clint Dempsey, after a Pepe Reina spill, secured the points for the west Londoners.


Dalglish felt that it would have been a much different outcome had some of the game’s key decision gone Liverpool’s way.


Luis Suarez had a goal ruled out for offside, Charlie Adam had a strong claim for a penalty turned down, while Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing both hit the woodwork.


“I don't think we were going to get anything tonight, were we?" Dalglish said.


“Luis scored a goal which didn't count that could have gone either way and Charlie Adam could have got a penalty when he got pulled down.


“They had a couple of good efforts and Pepe made some good saves and they also hit the bar, but I think overall we looked as though we were going to get something from the game - we certainly deserved to.


He added: “We have done well and given a bit of luck tonight we could have had three points. We will just continue working hard and see where it takes us.”

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