Monday, August 20, 2007

Rob Styles cracked under pressure says Steven Gerrard

STEVEN GERRARD accused referee Rob Styles of cracking under pressure from Chelsea players when he awarded a highly controversial penalty at Anfield.

Fernando Torres netted with a fine side-footed effort after just 16 minutes, and Liverpool looked to be on course to repeat last season’s league victory over the then-champions at Anfield.

But in the second period Frank Lampard netted the penalty, wrongly awarded for a challenge by Steve Finnan on Florent Malouda.

Asked if his side deserved to win, Gerrard said: “I think so. A very unfair decision has got Chelsea a point. But I think we proved we are capable of challenging.

“I felt the referee didn’t play well today. There was a lot of pressure from the Chelsea players and I thought he eventually cracked.”

Asked about his slim chances of overcoming a broken toe to play in England’s friendly against Germany on Wednesday, Gerrard said: “I looked fit today because I had a painkilling injection to play. I need to rest to be ready for the England qualifiers.

“I’ve spoken to Steve McClaren a couple of times and I’ll speak to him tomorrow I suppose.

“The sensible thing is to make sure you are ready for big games.

“If the x-ray tomorrow shows the crack has healed, I’ll be playing for England. But I can’t see it because three days ago I had an x-ray and I’d broken a toe.”

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