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08/09/2002

Nikos' comments after the game against Liverpool

Nikos' comments after the game against Liverpool

I was very happy winning a point at Anfield after all the previous bad results there.

Liverpool had many chances in the first half but I think we did a good job at the back, keeping in mind the quality of their strikers. In the second half the kept on pressing us and manage to score only when we made a mistake. It was a bit frustrating to give them such an opportunity to take the lead but you are bound to make a mistake at some point. The good thing was that even after we went two goals down we managed to come back. It is far from trivial to score twice in the last 10 minutes against Liverpool at their home and we actually could have won the game at the very last minute if we were a bit luckier!

As far as the penalty is concerned I think the referee's decision was a bit strict. Hyppia had no intention to jump for the ball and he went down very easily. The referee showed the spot and they got a two-goal lead.

Actually, in the second half I twisted my ankle, but I did not want to be substituted. I wanted to stay in the pitch and help the team.

Robson's subs at the second half made gave us the attacking boost we need to create the chances for goals. I think the quality of the players that were brought in to help shows how strong the team has become.


Nikos Dabizas

 

232 Appearances in England (175 for Newcastle United, 18 for Leicester in the Premier League and 39 for Leicester in the Championship). Total League-Cup-Europe appearances 550. National Team appearances 70. Goals total 40.