Brendan Rodgers Disappointed Over Webb’s Decision On Penalty

Brendan Rodgers claimed that referee Howard Webb denied his side a ‘blatant penalty’ which resulted in their elimination from the FA cup following their 2-1 defeat against Arsenal.
Liverpool was awarded a penalty by Webb when Luis Suarez tumbled by Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski, but he choose not to give a second chance when the Uruguay international was tackled down by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain inside the box.

“It was a blatant penalty, It was more clear and blatant than the first one. The first one, Luis got clipped so it was a clear penalty, but the second one was clearer,” Rodgers told BT Sport. “Luis got a touch on the ball, young Alex has taken him out and it was a strange decision. I certainly thought it was a penalty decision and a clear one.”

But Oxlade-Chamberlain insisted he was not worried over his action on the Uruguay international, and insisted that the referee had made the right call. “There are penalty shouts in most games and you only have to worry about the ones that get given,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “Thankfully that one was not given and we had some at the other end as well.”

Rodger believed that the penalty would have changed the game and may also have resulted in their victory against the Gunners. “I thought the best team lost and the very least we deserved was a replay,” Rodgers said. “We could have been 2-0 up early on and we are disappointed with the goals. Going forward I felt we were a real threat, playing with real confidence and belief. We are bitterly disappointed not to get something from it.”

“We came here earlier in the season and lost 2-0 whilst we were still developing, but we came here today and dominated the game. You could see from early on the confidence and belief we now have. We obviously wanted to get to the final, but it is not to be. We have one competition to concentrate on now between now and the end of the season and we have to focus on these final 12 games.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believed that his side’s “mental strength and mental response” was the most important aspect of his side’s success, coming just a week after their 5-1 defeat at Anfield in the Premier League.

“I’m very proud of the way we responded to the huge defeat last week and that was very pleasing,” Wenger said. “Liverpool are a fantastic offensive force and we had to be strong.
It was a great football game and winning makes you stronger. There was a lot of suspicions that we would sacrifice that game today, but the best way to answer that was to give the effort we showed today.”

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