Saturday, May 5th, 2012
“I thought it [his header] was over the line and you know better than me but I thought it was. I thought it hit the other side of the bar but I haven’t seen it back.” – Andy Carroll.
“I thought it went in but if it hasn’t then give the officials the credit they deserve.” – Kenny Dalglish.
“I don’t think it [Andy Carroll's header] was over the line. If the ball was behind the line I could haven’t put it out,. I’m sure it was not behind. I haven’t seen it but I’m persuaded it wasn’t in and I knew it from the first moment.” – Petr Cech.
Quite why they only started playing after they went 2-0 down will be one of the most frustrating aspects of Liverpool’s performance in the FA Cup final as Chelsea secured a hugely impressive fourth win in six seasons.
One incident will dominate the thoughts of most Liverpool fans post-match, with Chelsea seemingly reliant on another “did-it-cross-the-line” debate which smoother their progress in the FA Cup semi-final past Tottenham.
Whilst against Spurs it was quite clear that Juan Mata’s “goal” did not cross the line, on Saturday full credit must be given to Petr Cech for seemingly making one of the all-time great FA Cup final saves.
On 82 minutes, as Liverpool piled on the pressure, Andy Carroll headed in on goal at the back post which Petr Cech had to claw out.
In truth, the camera angles were not conclusive and with all the money spent on TV production on the FA Cup final – where was the inside the goal shot that could have solved this?
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