Saturday, November 21, 2009

Rafa happy with after the draw

Rafael Benitez praised Liverpool's character and refused to criticise his side's performance, despite the Anfield club throwing away a 1-0 lead to record a fourth successive draw.

Benitez's side have won only one of their last ten games, a 2-0 victory over champions Manchester United, but the Spanish boss insisted his side had performed admirably after suffering with injury problems.

"We're a little bit disappointed, we had chances at the end.," Benitez told Sky Sports:But with the problems we had, making two substitutions in the first 18 minutes, to still come back we showed very good character. Until the last minute we were still pushing.

"The players worked so hard. You could see that even with a lot of problems we were winning and even though we conceded the first goal then the second, you could still see the character of the team.

"In the circumstances I thought we were very good.''

Benitez is hopeful of having a bolstered side for the crucial midweek Champions League clash with Debrecen despite today's injuries to Daniel Agger and Ryan Babel.

"Agger has five stitches and Babel has a problem with his ankle, but it's too early to say and we have to wait,'' Benitez said.

"I think it was important for Yossi Benayoun to come through today. On the bench was Albert Riera and hopefully (Glen) Johnson (will return). Maybe we'll have some more coming back.''

Benitez's City counterpart Mark Hughes insisted his side edged the contest.

"We're disappointed because I think we were the better team today,'' he told Sky Sports. "We showed great character to come from a goal down.

"We were in a winning position and that's the frustration for us at the moment, allowing those winning situations to go away from us. That's the disappointing thing. Really, Liverpool had not caused us too many problems.''

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