Rodgers: We Were Not Good Enough To Beat Oldham

Rodgers: We Were Not Good Enough To Beat Oldham

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admitted that he was bitterly disappointed with his side’s 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Oldham and believes that his team weren’t good enough to win.

 

"We're bitterly disappointed. We started the first half really poorly, and we started the second half poorly too and got punished.

 

"The result is very disappointing. We picked a team to come here and win the game - we know we've got a big week of games - but our mentality in that opening period was poor and ended up costing us."

 

"It's not enough to play for Liverpool and get up for the Arsenal and Manchester City games. If you're going to win trophies and go far in competitions, you need to be able to come to places like this and win. We weren't good enough for that.

 

Rodgers did have some individual praise for Oldham striker Matt Smith, who scored two of Oldham’s three goals.

 

"The big guy Smith up front did well, but it's not as if we haven't played against that type [of striker] before. We were on the back foot too much early on. You've really got to be aggressive as these are different games to the Premier League.

 

"The Premier League is nice - teams will stroke the ball, pass and give you time to get your shape. This is a different type of football - you've got to come and roll your sleeves up, be strong and aggressive. Unfortunately for us, there were too many that weren't.