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Monday, 2 April 2012

Liverpool's Glen Johnson blames James Perch for Pepe Reina's suspension

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has blamed Newcastle defender James Perch for the dismissal which will keep Pepe Reina out of the FA Cup semi-final. Flashpoint: Perch and Reina clashed, and the Liverpool goalkeeper was dismissed Photo: GETTY IMAGES Perch fell to the floor clutching his face after Reina barged into him. Replays showed minimal contact, although it is thought Liverpool will not appeal against the decision to dismiss Reina for violent conduct. Johnson led the criticism of that decision however, tweeting: "What have I just seen? Is Perch for real? Joke." Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool's manager, took a contrasting line to England international Johnson, and admitted Reina deserved to see red. “It ended up with a lot of frustration and disappointment and I think the frustration and disappointment was a result of the actions that Pepe took,” Dalglish said. “He got a deserved red card.” Asked if Reina had apologised, Dalglish said: “There was a bit of remorse there, yes.” Related Articles Reina wasn't the only Liverpool player to lose his discipline at Newcastle, with Andy Carroll blasting Dalglish's decision to replace him as a "f****** joke." “Andy came off and went up the tunnel,” Dalglish said. “He was frustrated with the way the game had gone. Not just for himself but for the team. “That frustration takes him up into the dressing room. “We have not got a problem with people showing desperation or disappointment or frustration. It was just frustration and disappointment about the way the game had panned out. But we need to channel it better than we have done.” Carroll had been desperate to catch the eye before the game and he did, but for all the wrong reasons. He was booked for diving after he tripped over his own feet while trying to go round goalkeeper Tim Krul early in the game and and headed a decent chance over in the first half. Newcastle’s supporters were initially intent on booing their former No 9, but they were even happier to mock him as their side moved into a two-goal lead, thanks to a brace from the man who replaced him, Papiss Demba Cisse. “I think he did all right,” added Dalglish, “but we have no qualms either about when he went down with the goalkeeper. I thought it wasn’t a penalty kick. I also thought Andy was losing his balance anyway. “Even if he had got past the goalie, I think he would still have fallen over. We don’t have a problem with that. We might have a problem with the yellow card because I don’t think it was intentional.”

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