Gerrard: Point the finger at me

11 November 2010 11:51
iverpool captain Steven Gerrard has accepted the blame for the 1-1 draw at Wigan - but insists extending their unbeaten run is a positive.[LNB] Having taken an early lead through Fernando Torres the Reds, after their exertions in the victory against Chelsea on Sunday, tired badly and Hugo Rodallega equalised just after half-time, with the Latics looking the more likely to score.[LNB]Gerrard gave the ball away in the passage of play moments prior to the Colombian's goal but had a chance to make amends late on only to see his shot beat Ali Al Habsi but crash down off the crossbar.[LNB]"I tried to play a one-two that, if it had come off, could have been a good move," said the England midfielder in relation to his mis-placed pass.[LNB]"You don't expect it to lead to a goal but, when it does, you have to take responsibility.[LNB]"Then when I went through on goal, I maybe struck my shot too well but I should have scored - I expected to.[LNB]"As we haven't taken maximum points, maybe people should point a finger at me.[LNB]"Maybe our performance suffered after the energy and intensity we put into beating Chelsea.[LNB]"You can often find that happening after you play a game 72 hours after a big fixture."[LNB]However, the 30-year-old remains upbeat as he turns his attentions to another tough encounter against Stoke on Saturday.[LNB]"After a fantastic win over Chelsea and having gone 1-0 up, of course we understand why people will be slightly disappointed," he told the Liverpool Echo.[LNB]"But we have kept our unbeaten run going, Fernando has got another goal and there are other positives. I'm happy with my form.[LNB]"It's going to be tough at Stoke but we will have to stand up and fight, stick together and if we get a win, that would be a superb result. We will be ready for it."

Source: Team_Talk