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Distin Takes Responsibility

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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A distraught Sylvain Distin believes his error is the reason Everton will not be competing in this year's FA Cup final.

The Frenchman's underhit backpass was seized upon by Luis Suarez for Liverpool's equaliser.

And even though that goal only made the score 1-1 following Nikica Jelavic's first half strike, Distin was brutally honest when he manfully faced the media after the game.

He told evertontv: "Obviously the most important emotion is the final one, it is not easy, I know that I cost my teammates, the fans and my family a place in the final and that is my point of view.

"I don't think I am hard on myself, I am a realist, that's it. That pass, for me, cost us the game. I have to face it. I never hide no matter what happens, good or bad.

"Tomorrow will be frustrating, right now it is disappointment. I feel like I have let my teammates down."

Everton's players rallied round Distin after the Wembley clash but it provided little consolation to the experienced Frenchman.

"The guys have been amazing but they know me, they know I am man enough to face my responsibilities," he said.

"They don't need to tell me what I did right and wrong because I am mature enough to know that.

"I have to deal with it and accept it. I could use 50,000 excuses but the fact is I missed the pass and I cost a goal and cost the game because it changed the game."

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