I am gutted - Sir Bobby

Last updated : 25 January 2004 By FootyMad

Sir Bobby

"I certainly will not be winning it this year! I am gutted to be out, the cup means so much to me.

"We scored a wonderful goal, an incredible strike, and I felt we were comfortable at the break, I certainly did not think we were going to lose the game. But after they came out and started to attack us, we started to drift.

"They took control too easily and we let them do it. We did not do enough in the second half to win the game, Alan Shearer's effort in injury time was our only shot in the second period. That was just not good enough.

"We just did not seem ready for it. They got the ball behind our full backs and we did not do that to them. Gerard Houllier had a lot of his best players back, and it showed.

"Stephane Henchoz looked much better at centre-back than full-back, and young Le Tallec did well for them.

"And our players needed to realise quicker that they had to improve their game, it just drifted from us."

Gerard Houllier

"Bruno seems to have got all sorts of criticism from people on TV, but that is unfair because when he has not been in the side he has been injured.

"He damaged his back and then had a broken toe. He was doing okay before that, but since he has had to get his match fitness playing in games.

"Now he has started showing what he can do. I signed him to score goals, he had got 15 or so in France before he came here, and now he is started to find his feet, scoring and making goals.

"We took the game to them in the second half, young Le Tallec came on and made a difference when Emile Heskey had to go off with a hamstring injury.

"I am pleased and proud of the lads, when Newcastle had space and time they showed what a good team they are. But we restricted them and got at them."