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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 February 2005, 18:01 GMT
Dejected Gerrard accepts defeat
Steven Gerrard
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was determined not to get too downhearted after his own goal helped Chelsea on their way to winning the Carling Cup.

"Losing cup finals and scoring an own goal is a bad day for myself," Gerrard said. "But I'll look forward to the next game now.

"We scored early on and tried to see the clock out because we were 15 minutes away from lifting the cup.

"But credit to Chelsea they came back and deserved the win."

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez said he felt his team paid for not taking their chances when they were 1-0 ahead.

"If you have clear chances at 1-0 and you score the second goal you finish the game," he said.

"But we made some mistakes and at the end we conceded in our own goal."

But the Liverpool coach insisted he was pleased with his players' efforts.

"I say to the players we must be proud because we played a good game," he said.

"Chelsea controlled the game when they started playing, but we re-organised the team with three midfielders and had some opportunites."

Links to more League Cup stories


Report: BBC Radio Five Live's Alan Green

Interview: Liverpool Rafael Benitez

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