Only our third loss of the season but still a rather painful one. It is hard to accept defeat to the enemy, especially in an F.A. Cup tie. We were the much better team until Lucas got sent off and from then on it looked like there would only be one winner – Everton. Our best hope was to get to a penalty shootout and that is what I was hoping for as I have a lot of confidence in Pepe when it comes to saving penalties. We would have won the shoot out with no doubt!
Loosing Stevie G early on did not help but Benayoun came on and did okay when he was playing behind Torres. I like Yossi and he is a critical part of our team. For me he should start more games. Maybe if Gerrard’s injury is long term, which I hope it is not, Yossi can get his time to shine. I liked the way we set out to attack before the red card. I do not think I have seen Dossena bomb down the left like he did yesterday. It is a pitty his crosses at times were not on point.
Lucas Lucas Lucas!! This is the second time he has cost us against Everton. Fair the first yellow card should not have been awarded to him but he should have thought about pulling out of the second challenge that resulted in his second booking. That red card turned the game and the result. I for one am not a big fan of Lucas. He has just not done it for me during his time at Anfield. Rafa has given him a lot of opportunities and surely by now we should see the quality that made him become one of Brazil’s best players. I honestly can not see how he was ever named the best player in Brazil a couple of seasons back.
But Lucas aside, we failed to hang on for a few minutes at the end of extra time to force the game into penalties. Granted, Gosslings effort took a slight deflection but we should never have allowed him that shooting opportunity to start off with. Really, it was poor defending by Arbeloa that made the goal.
Our F.A. Cup run is over now and now we can focus on the Champions League and the Premiership. My only concern is that last nights game must have taken its toll on the players. The guys looked tired out there and they have no result to show for it. And with Portsmouth coming up this weekend, I just wonder how fit the lads will be.