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Sep 23, 2010

Jovanovic admits Northampton defeat a 'catastrophe'

Liverpool's Carling Cup defeat to Northampton Town has been labelled a "catastrophe" by Milan Jovanovic, who says the players must pull together if they are to arrest a slump in form.

• Hodgson sorry for defeat

The Reds suffered one of the most embarrassing results in their recent history on Wednesday night when League Two Northampton triumphed following a penalty shoot-out in front of the Kop. It is arguable that the result is the worst since their defeat to Worcester in the FA Cup in 1959.

Roy Hodgson has already apologised to Liverpool supporters for the shock exit, which follows a difficult start to the Premier League season that has seen the Reds collect just five points from their opening five games.

Though Liverpool did make 11 changes from the side that lost 3-2 to Manchester United at the weekend, Jovanovic freely admitted that the result represented an awful night for the club.

"Catastrophe," Jovanovic told the Liverpool Echo. "I am so disappointed. What can I say? It was a very difficult night for me, for all the players and the team. Of course we feel sorry for the fans.

"We know this is not Liverpool. It is very bad. I am so surprised by the performance. I have not got enough experience of English football but I didn't expect this. Northampton played a really good game. We played a bad game. We started very nice but I don't know why we lost the ball so fast or why we couldn't keep the ball.

"We had a lot of young players and sometimes you need experience. We tried to run a lot but we lost our condition and it ended up being difficult to do something special in attack. But this is football. I am so disappointed. We all are. We are sorry for the result but we have to move on now."

Jovanovic scored his first goal following his free transfer move from Standard Liege but was not in celebratory mood. Instead, the Serbia international knows Liverpool must address their disappointing form immediately, starting with Sunderland at the weekend.

"Every game from now is very important," Jovanovic said. "We have got five points from five games. It is not enough. We have had five very difficult games.

"We just have to pass one difficult test [against Sunderland] and maybe in the next three or four games we can start to collect a lot of points. We have to stick together."

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