Roy rues cruel Carragher blow

Roy rues cruel Carragher blow

Published Nov. 28, 2010 8:14 p.m. ET

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was left ruing Jamie Carragher's dislocated shoulder following the dramatic 2-1 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday.

The Reds stalwart came off late on at White Hart Lane with the injury, and he now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

It is a major blow for Liverpool as they are currently also without captain Steven Gerrard through injury, and the disappointment was compounded by the result in North London.

On the injury, Hodgson told Sky Sports: "It's very bad. He's dislocated his shoulder.


"It's an unfortunate thing to happen on his 450th appearance in the Premier League.

"He's a very important player for us. We'll now be without him and Steven Gerrard and they are the lifeblood of our club."

Liverpool had taken the lead at the Lane as Martin Skrtel poked home just before half-time, but the Slovakian defender then put through his own net after the break to level things up.

The game looked to be heading for a stalemate until Aaron Lennon popped up with an injury-time winner to leave Hodgson empty handed.

He added: "To lose in injury time in the way we did is very hard to take.

"I'm very disappointed for the players, very disappointed that we didn't come away from here with at least one point which would have been something we could have been proud of.

"Unfortunately it's a defeat and defeats hit you very hard.

"We missed some very good chances. We played some good football to get us into that position.

"We haven't played that badly this year but we haven't got the points and that's the problem.

"Going away with nothing sets us back once again and I suppose one can take consolation from the performance but on the other hand the performance needs to get you results and this performance didn't get us a result."

Jermain Defoe missed a penalty for the home side in the second half following a handball by David Ngog, and Hodgson says the Frenchman can have no complaints, despite initially thinking referee Martin Atkinson made the wrong decision.

"There were quite a few instances in the game where there were controversial incidents in the penalty area," he remarked. "It's very difficult for the referee. I misread the penalty situation. Having seen it again it clearly is a penalty - David Ngog has no right to have his hands where he had them."