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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr, 10, 2012

Dalglish stays quiet after Doni red

Kenny Dalglish refused to discuss the sending off of goalkeeper Alexander Doni after ten-man Liverpool beat Blackburn 3-2.

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Liverpool keeper Doni, in for the suspended Jose Reina, was dismissed for a foul on Junior Hoilett and was replaced by Brad Jones who saved Ayegbeni Yakubu's penalty.

Maxi Rodriguez had already scored twice to seemingly put Liverpool in control, but Yakubu pulled a goal back before half-time and then netted a second-half penalty, conceded by Jones, before Andy Carroll netted a dramatic winner.

Dalglish refused to answer any questions about the performance of referee Anthony Taylor. "We're not going to discuss the decision of the referee," Dalglish told Sky Sports.

When pressed, he added: "We are not going to discuss it now. I don't intend to discuss it.''

Dalglish preferred to concentrate on the performance of his players.

He added: "To get a man sent off and come away from here with a victory speaks great credit for them. It's been a smashing day for us."

When asked about Jones' foul on Yakubu, which led to the second penalty and to a yellow card for the Australian, Dalglish responded: "I don't think he deserved to be sent off. The referee made the right decision."

Jones drew on his time when he was a team-mate of Yakubu at Middlesbrough to help him guess which way the Nigerian would choose to shoot from the penalty spot.

"On Fridays we used to practise penalties a lot so I knew his style and what he does," he said.

Jones, whose girlfriend gave birth to a son Nico Luca a week ago, following the death of his son Luca from leukaemia in November, thanked the Liverpool supporters.

He said: "The supporters have been brilliant. It's been a difficult 18 months with my son passing away. That was for him."

Jones is in line to play for Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final with Everton on Saturday and said of that game: "It 's a big game and now it's just about preparing for that."

Carroll was able to see the lighter side of the night's proceedings as he said: "It was a funny old game, wasn't it? In the end we got the win we came here for. We kept on attacking all the way through. Coming here and winning - it's a great lift for the lads to go to Wembley."

Blackburn manager Steve Kean was unhappy Taylor and his assistant had missed what he claimed was a foul on Grant Hanley by Martin Skrtel in the run-up to Liverpool's winner.

Kean claimed Hanley would have got back to where Daniel Agger headed the ball on for Carroll to head in the winner.

He said: "It's cruel because we felt we had done enough (to get a point). I feel very aggrieved about the last goal.

"Grant had tried to get back up but he can't get back up because Skrtel's pulling him to the ground."

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