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Davey celebrates 'fairytale' win

Barnsley boss Simon Davey celebrates with goalkeeper Luke Steele after his side's win at Anfield
Davey and Steele celebrate Barnsley's win at Anfield

Barnsley manager Simon Davey was jubilant after Brian Howard's last-gasp winner gave his side a famous FA Cup fifth-round victory over Liverpool.

Davey said: "It's a fairytale, it's what dreams are made of - he has scored the winner in a Cup tie at the Kop end.

"Credit to the players, they've been fantastic from the first minute and now they have got their reward.

"Our goalkeeper Luke Steele has come to Anfield for his debut and pulled off some world-class saves."

The Tykes trailed to Dirk Kuyt's first-half goal but some superb Steele stops kept them in it before Stephen Foster's equaliser.

Steele, who was signed on an emergency loan deal from West Brom on Thursday, continued to thwart Liverpool before Howard struck to sink the Reds in the dying seconds.


The former Manchester United keeper, who has only played two games for the Baggies this season, said: "It's a magnificent feeling - it just hasn't sunk in properly yet.

"I was so happy to be out there and it's great I've got my chance.

"When we were 1-0 down it's not like we were down and out but even when we equalised we were under so much pressure.

"But the lads defended brilliantly and the amounts of blocks and clearances off the line was amazing."

You could see the number of chances we had and the number of saves the keeper made and that was the only difference

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, who must pick his side up for their Champions League last-16 tie against Inter Milan on Tuesday, was left to rue his side's inability to beat Steele.

"It was a very strange game," Benitez said.

"We had a lot of chances and their keeper was the man-of-the-match. Then we conceded in the last minute so it's very difficult to explain.

"I'm really disappointed but I can't fault the work-rate and performance of my players. We dominated in the first and second half but we couldn't kill the game off.

"You could see the number of chances we had and the number of saves the keeper made and that was the only difference.

"It's frustrating but we must keep our heads up and start thinking about Inter. We start getting ready for that game on Sunday in training and we must focus on that."

see also
Liverpool 1-2 Barnsley
16 Feb 08 |  FA Cup
Barnsley sign goalkeeper Steele
14 Feb 08 |  Barnsley
FA Cup as it happened
16 Feb 08 |  FA Cup
Saturday's FA Cup photos
16 Feb 08 |  FA Cup

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