Benitez sees red after Liverpool crash

01 November 2009 09:15
Rafael Benitez will appeal against both red cards after nine-man Liverpool slumped to a humiliating 3-1 defeat at Craven Cottage. [LNB] Swiss defender Philipp Degen and captain Jamie Carragher were sent off for second-half fouls as Liverpool's Premier League hopes disintegrated, falling to their fifth league loss of the season, but Benitez believed referee Lee Mason got both decisions wrong.[LNB] Benitez said: "They were two incidents in a few minutes when we were losing and they were difficult to take. The first one was a yellow card. The second one you can clearly see that Carragher was kicking the ball." [LNB] Bobby Zamora put Fulham ahead and Fernando Torres equalised in a first-half in which Liverpool dominated possession. [LNB] But when Erik Nevland put Fulham ahead for the second time and Torres had been substituted there was only one winner, Clint Dempsey scoring a late clincher for the home side. [LNB] Benitez, however, was left wondering how Liverpool could have lost after enjoying so much possession. [LNB] He said: "It's hard to take the defeat, especially when we were in control of the game. The first half was one-sided. We made one mistake and we conceded a goal. [LNB] "The second half they were more offensive and we made a massive mistake when we conceded the second goal. We worked hard with nine players but it was very difficult." [LNB] Benitez could now be without Torres and Steven Gerrard for the crucial Champions League clash against Lyon on Wednesday. [LNB] The Liverpool boss said he would "have to see how Gerrard progresses" with his troublesome groin injury, while Torres is still not fully fit.

Source: Eurosport