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Derby Denial Disappoints Distin

Defender sees 'goal' ruled out but refuses to blame referee.

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Sylvain Distin has admitted his disappointment at seeing his derby 'goal' disallowed, but refused to blame referee Michael Oliver.

The French defender rose highest to meet Leighton Baines' swinging corner in the second half at Anfield and thought he had opened the scoring.

But the official had blown, signalling a foul by Victor Anichebe on Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, meaning Distin's effort was ruled out and the game ebbed to a 0-0 draw.

Having seen the incident again on monitors after the final whistle, the 34-year-old was perplexed as to why his header did not stand.

He exclusively told evertontv: "We've been disallowed a goal that was perfectly right, but that happens in football and we have to accept it. 

"When I scored, I didn't really understand or see what happened. I asked Vic and he said he didn't commit a foul. 

"We looked at in the dressing room after the game on the video and I can't see a foul. It's not even something soft.  

"If there was a foul, then there is a foul at every free-kick or set-piece.

"So we're a bit disappointed because it seems like this is a place where I like to score! 

"I would have been happy with another one, but we are still happy with the performance."

Despite the disappointment at being denied what could led to a first win at Anfield since 1999, Distin was keen to keep the matter in perspective.

A veteran of the game, the former PSG and Manchester City man absolved referee Oliver of any ill feeling and highlighted the nature of human error.

Asked whether there is confusion about the laws inside the box at set-pieces in the modern game, Distin replied: "I don't think it is clear and at the end of the day, it is the judgement of one man which is the referee. 

"It is for him to decide if it is a foul or not. It's definitely easier to have a look at it in the dressing room in slow-motion and from different angles. 

"Sometimes when you're on the pitch and it's live, it's difficult. 

"I'm not blaming the referee or judging him or anything. I can understand because we all make mistakes - we make mistakes as players, they make mistakes as referees. 

"I'm just a little bit disappointed but it's still a good result."

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