Last Updated: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 18:49
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish urged his players to deal better with their frustration after a stormy 2-0 defeat at Newcastle.
Goalkeeper Jose Reina was sent off nine minutes from time for head-butting defender James Perch while £35million striker Andy Carroll, who endured a miserable return to his former club, headed straight down the tunnel having aimed a volley of abuse at his manager when he was replaced two minutes earlier.
Reina will miss the FA Cup semi-final against Everton as a result of his misdemeanour, and his side now find themselves 11 points adrift of Newcastle and a point behind Merseyside rivals Everton in the race for sixth place in the Barclays Premier League.
Dalglish said: "We started well enough. We passed and moved and looked pretty threatening, but obviously, it ended up with a lot of frustration and disappointment.
"The frustration and disappointment resulted in the actions Pepe (Reina) took when he got a deserved red card. Also when Andy came off and went up the tunnel, he was disappointed with the way the game was going, not necessarily for himself, but for the team, and the frustration took him up into the dressing room.
"We don't have a problem with people showing their desperation or disappointment or frustration, but we need to channel it better than we have done."
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