You've handed it to Kenny, blasts City boss Mancini after controversial Cup exit
Roberto Mancini claimed a refereeing blunder cost Manchester City thier place in the Carling Cup final as Liverpool reached Wembley for the first time in 16 years.
Kenny Dalglish's side went through 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at Anfield, but Mancini insisted referee Phil Dowd was wrong to award a first-half penalty for handball when Daniel Agger's shot hit Micah Richards' leg, then rebounded on to his arm.
Come on ref! Roberto Mancini (right) was furious with Phil Dowd
Mancini said: 'It was no penalty, the
ball touched his leg before his hands. I don't know how it is possible
to concede a penalty like this.'
The City boss also claimed Dowd missed a penalty for his side when Charlie Adam fouled Edin Dzeko.
Talking point: Micah Richards was penalised for this handball
It compounded the visitors' sense of
injustice, with Mario Balotelli and Vincent Kompany both serving
four-match bans on the back of controversial incidents involving
Mancini said: 'I do feel a sense of
injustice. In the last two months we have been very unlucky with
referees. I haven't spoken to the referee – it's impossible to speak to
Put your hands up! Referee Phil Dowd explains his decision to Richards
'I hope tomorrow they can change
tonight's result!' he added, referring to the FA's decision to review
City's game against Tottenham and charge Balotelli with violent conduct
because Howard Webb claimed he did not see the incident.
Mancini saw his former City player
Craig Bellamy score the decisive goal for Liverpool but said: 'It
doesn't make it more difficult for me that Craig scored the winner. I am
happy for Craig. What difference does it make if Bellamy scored or
Party time: Liverpool celebrate after beating Manchester City
Bellamy will now face his hometown team – and another of his old clubs – Cardiff at Wembley on February 26.
He said: 'It couldn't be a better final for me. It's funny how football can work out.'
Liverpool boss Dalglish added: 'It's
great for the people who have stood by us because it has not been great
for Liverpool over the last few years. I've said before if we stick
together we can get our reward.'