Dalglish slams below-par Reds

06 November 2011 07:17

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish refused to blame Andy Carroll for his close-range first-half miss but admitted his side's performance in the goalless draw at home to Swansea was unacceptable.

For the second successive home match against a promoted team the Reds created a number of chances but could not convert. Their frustration was not helped by a couple of brilliant saves from Michel Vorm late on to deny Luis Suarez and Glen Johnson but the major talking point was Carroll's miss from six yards in only the seventh minute.

"I think the performance was disappointing," said Dalglish.

"Swansea played the way we would have expected they would play but we didn't play the way we expected to play.

"Anything that we were good at we certainly didn't do too much of today. We are usually good at passing and moving and there was not a great deal of that and when we got it back we gave it away quickly.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for his players.

"It was fantastic. I felt we were equipped to come to a big team and put in a big performance," he said.

"Today was a chance to show we have now grown into the league.

"We started very well but to put in a performance like that at a big club with top players fills me with great pride.

"I thought we were outstanding. We got a bit of fortune early on but you need that but I don't think there was anything lucky about the result or the performance."

Source: PA