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Reina accepts blame for Reds gaffe

December 3, 2010
By ESPN staff

Pepe Reina has accepted responsibility for Steaua Bucharest's equaliser in Liverpool's 1-1 draw but remains happy with his side's qualification from Group K.

Pepe Reina has nowhere to hide after gifting Steaua Bucharest an equaliser.
APPepe Reina has nowhere to hide after gifting Steaua Bucharest an equaliser.

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Manager Roy Hodgson sent out a much-changed side containing several inexperienced players and they returned a creditable draw following Milan Jovanovic's 19th-minute strike. That could have proved the winner had Reina not let Eder Bonfim's tame header squirm through his legs and over the line.

Nevertheless, a point was still enough for the Reds to move to the round of 32.

Reina told ESPN: "I thought one of their players was offside for the goal but I've watched replays and it's my fault. It's my mistake and I have to handle that and get through.

"He was definitely obstructing me, but I definitely should have reacted much better than I did. I will handle the mistake and improve.''

Asked about his future at Liverpool, following speculation that he will move at the end of the season, Reina told Sky Sports: "I've said it many times, I have a contract with Liverpool. That's all."

Reina also praised the younger players - including the likes of Martin Kelly, Danny Wilson, Dani Pacheco and Jonjo Shelvey - for earning the point for their side.

"We have to give them some credit because we made a great effort,'' he added. "We have players out there with not much experience and they showed great character and helped us get the point we needed.''