The FA Cup Final
5 May 2012 - 5:15 PM
Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
Liverpool super-sub Andy Carroll insisted his team were unlucky to lose The FA Cup Final, after his dramatic late header was adjudged not to have crossed the line.
Carroll came off the bench to make it 2-1 and almost grabbed an equaliser in the dying stages which would have taken the match to extra time, only for Chelsea 'keeper Petr Cech to make a breathtaking save on the line.
"I thought it was over the line," said Carroll.
"I thought it hit the other side of the bar which means it was in really. But I haven't seen it back. I thought we were unlucky. We had a few chances and we could have put them away, but it's not to be.
"All I know is we tried hard. We came here to win. It's been a disappointing season in the league; but we got here and we were unlucky. I thought the ball was over the line and it could have been extra time - and who knows what happens after that."
Chelsea: 1 Petr Cech, 2 Branislav Ivanovic, 3 Ashley Cole, 7 Ramires (16 Raul Meireles, 77), 8 Frank Lampard, 10 Juan Mata (15 Florent Malouda, 90), 11 Didier Drogba, 12 John Obi Mikel, 17 Jose Bosingwa, 21 Salomon Kalou, 26 John Terry (c ).
Substitutes not used: 22 Ross Turnbull, 5 Michael Essien, 9 Fernando Torres, 19 Paulo Ferreira, 23 Daniel Sturridge.
Manager: Roberto Di Matteo
Liverpool: 25 Pepe Reina, 2 Glen Johnson, 3 Jose Enrique, 5 Daniel Agger, 7 Luis Suarez, 8 Steven Gerrard (c), 14 Jordan Henderson, 19 Stewart Downing, 20 Jay Spearing (9 Andy Carroll, 55), 37 Martin Skrtel, 39 Craig Bellamy (18 Dirk Kuyt, 79).
Substitutes not used: 11 Maxi Rodriguez, 23 Jamie Carragher, 32 Alexander Doni, 33 Jonjo Shelvey, 34 Martin Kelly.
Manager: Kenny Dalglish
Referee: Phil Dowd
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt & Andrew Garratt.
Fourth Official: Michael Jones