Dalglish pleased by Carroll show

Just four days after tearing apart Manchester United at Anfield, a

team registering four changes, albeit significant ones, put in a

lethargic opening 45 minutes. Their punishment was Brazilian

midfielder Alan’s 17th-minute penalty, awarded after Sotirios

Krygiakos’ foul on Mossoro. Liverpool improved after the break but

there were few highlights, although Carroll made his European debut

for the Reds – adding 33 minutes to the 16 he played against United

on Sunday. “It was a very poor first-half performance from

ourselves and I have no complaints about the penalty,” said

Dalglish. “We picked it up in the second half and we looked a lot

more threatening when Andy came on. “It was easier to be happier

with the second half than the first. “Considering the way we played

in the first half we are fortunate to come away with a 1-0 because

when you play as badly as that you are grateful you lose 1-0. “You

don’t know if it is a good or bad result until the second leg is

over but there is no-one in there who is pleased with the

performance or the result. “But until next Thursday I won’t be able

to assess whether we have been fortunate or contributed to our own

downfall by selection of passes, no movement – we were just a bit

sloppy, really.” Dalglish was pleased to be able to give Carroll

more time on the pitch, with the striker impressing with his aerial

ability, winning every header he contested. “We played better once

he came on and he was a good option for us,” he added. “We have to

give him as many minutes as we can to make sure he makes a

contribution. “That is a bit longer than he got on Sunday and we

will continue to make a contribution towards his fitness.” Carroll

appeared to be caught in the face by centre-back Kaka’s elbow late

in the game but Dalglish claimed he had not seen the incident

clearly. “I saw the two of them collide but I didn’t see where he

connected with Andy,” added the Reds boss. Braga coach Domingos

Paciencia was pleased with the victory but knows they face a tough

task at Anfield. “We knew that it would not be easy and it was good

we didn’t concede because at this stage of the competition it is

not easy,” he said. “I am optimistic but I know Liverpool are a big

team, one of the teams who can win the competition so we have to be

very careful.”