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Birmingham angry at 'cheat' Ngog

Birmingham midfielder Lee Carsley (centre) is not happy with David Ngog (left) after accusing the Liverpool striker of diving to win a penalty in the 2-2 draw between the two teams
Birmingham's Carsley believes Ngog dived to win a penalty

Birmingham midfielder Lee Carsley has described the penalty won by Liverpool in the 2-2 draw at Anfield as an "embarrassing case of cheating".

David Ngog went to ground after a Carsley tackle, despite no contact appearing to have been made, and Steven Gerrard converted from the spot.

"I was absolutely nowhere near him," Carsley told ESPN. "That is just an embarrassing case of cheating.

Blues manager Alex McLeish also accused the French striker of diving.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "It happens and has done for years.

"The referee Peter Walton didn't get that one right and when he looks at it again I am sure he will agree.

"We take it on the chin and we move forward with our magnificent performance."

Birmingham fought back from 1-0 down to lead through goals from Christian Benitez and Cameron Jerome before defending resolutely as they hoped to seal a famous victory.

And, although Liverpool scored the penalty to equalise, Birmingham held on for a point.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez conceded he had his own doubts as to whether the incident merited a penalty but he insisted that a draw was the very least his side had deserved.

"I haven't seen the replay but maybe it wasn't a penalty. I still think that we deserved to win anyway," he stated.


"Possibly it wasn't a penalty but we have had a lot of situations during the year and one for us I think is not the worst."

The draw leaves a struggling Liverpool seventh in the top flight, while McLeish wants his 15th-placed side to build on their determined showing.

"I have to say that the players were awesome. They have gone up in my estimation with that performance," added McLeish.

"The resilience, winning mentality, the spirit - there are lots of superlatives I could use - but it was a great performance to come to Anfield and get a point, which could have been three.

"We keep saying to the players 'you should grow in confidence and your mentality should get tougher' after good performances at Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal.

"Then sometimes you think a lot of these lads are still learning in the Premier League so will we go to one of the big grounds and lose heavily?

"The quality Liverpool have, you wonder if that is round the corner but they rose to it again and now they have to be looking to get some more points and climbing that table."

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