It could have been given! Gerrard adds to Carroll debate but Terry says ref was right
14:43 GMT, 6 May 2012
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has thrown fuel on the fire of the debate raging over Andy Carroll's header which was ruled out in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.
The Liverpool striker powered a header towards goal which Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech clawed out, with replays inconclusive on whether the ball had crossed the line.
Although the Reds' talisman accepts the decision would have been a tough call for the assistant referee to make, he believed his side have an argument for the goal to be given.
Was it a goal Andy Carroll's late effort was not awarded while replays and stills (below) proved inconclusive
'It's difficult for the officials,'
he said. ''Obviously from a biased point of view, we've got an argument
with the computer image but the officials have got an impossible task
when it's so close and until technology comes in, then with decisions
like that, you can't really put a big argument forward.
'It's one of those things: Chelsea
got a bit of luck against Tottenham in the semi (when they had a goal
awarded despite the ball not crossing the line).
'They got a bit of luck again yesterday. Maybe this was their year.'
Chelsea captain John Terry hailed Cech for a fantastic piece of goalkeeping.
'Pete's made a great save – let's not take it away from him – probably one of the best saves in an FA Cup final.'
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Terry insisted the whole of the ball
did not cross the line but admitted the incident would again provoke
talk of introducing goalline technology.
'Obviously, there is going to be talk of goalline technology again,' he said. 'I'm sure they're looking into it and trying to bring it in as quickly as possible.'
Carroll thought the effort had gone in. He said: 'I thought it was over the line. I thought it hit the other side of the bar. We were unlucky. We had a few chances but we couldn't put them away. It wasn't to be.'
Cech, however, was adamant that was the right decision.
He told ITV: 'I don't think it was over the line. If the ball was behind the line I couldn't have kept it out. I'm 100 per cent sure it was not in, and I felt that from the first moment.'
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish backed Carroll but refused to criticise the officials decision even though it cost his side the chance of forcing a comeback.
Oh no it wasn't: Chelsea keeper Petr Cech insisted his save denied Carroll's effort from completely crossing the line
Dalglish said: 'I thought it was in but if it hasn't gone in then we'll give the officials the credit they deserve.'
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, meanwhile, admitted they were not good enough for the first hour of their FA Cup final defeat.
The Reds did not seem to come alive until Carroll's introduction in the 55th minute but by then they were 2-0 down to goals from Ramires, in the first half, and Didier Drogba.
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But Agger admitted Liverpool paid for their poor start.
'We can't use that (fightback) for much. It simply was not good enough for the first hour and we can only blame ourselves,' said the Denmark defender.
'We definitely were not good enough.
'Andy did really well when he came on and got a lot of balls to work with but sadly it was not enough.'
Debate continued long after the final whistle over whether Carroll's header had actually crossed the line but Agger said he had no idea from his position on the pitch.
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'I definitely couldn't see anything because I was at the other end so people watching television will have to decide that.'
Midfielder Jordan Henderson admitted he went up claiming the equalising goal more in hope than expectation.
'I appealed because that is what you have got to do,' said the England Under-21 midfielder, who was at a loss to explain Liverpool's sluggish start.
'I am not sure why we started quite slowly in the first half. In the second half we came out and played some good stuff and we should have got back into the game.
'I think we will be disappointed when we look back.
'We wanted to win this game and we didn't and we are very disappointed.'