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Moyes Rues Missed Opportunity

by Andy Lewis @efc_andylewis

David Moyes was left to rue a missed opportunity after seeing his side lose to Liverpool in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley.

The Blues went into the game off the back of some rich form, while their near neighbours have been struggling badly in the Premier League.

With that in mind many expected to see the bookmakers’ odds upset at Wembley but second half goals from Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll saw the Reds prevail.

And Moyes said: “The way we had been playing I thought it was our chance. Liverpool maybe have not been just where they wanted to be and we have been playing well.

“That’s why the game was very even and there was very little between the two teams. It was small margins that changed the result.

“It was a great chance for us to get to another final but we got to the last four which isn’t easy when you look at the sides that were in it.

“We are competing against very good sides and the players should take pride from that. The game was very tight. Liverpool improved in the second half – no doubt about that. I always just felt we were of a mind that we could see it out.”

Nikica Jelavic put the Blues ahead midway through the first half after a terrible mix-up in the Liverpool defence before Sylvain Distin’s errant backpass allowed Suarez to level on the hour.

Seamus Coleman’s reckless tackle gave away the free-kick which led to the winner and Moyes felt it was a game ‘defined by mistakes’.

“I thought we had played well enough to be a goal up at half time. We always knew Liverpool would come out - they were a goal down in a semi-final so they were always going to. But I thought we had weathered it and were just beginning to get back in the game. Obviously we made the mistake and it gave Liverpool more impetus.

“There was very little between the teams. It was mistakes that changed the game. The second one as well, it is a poor, poor decision and because of that we concede the goal.

“Up to that the game had been very tight and there was very little between the teams. There were defining moments and they were there for all to see.”

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