Lucas reveals Rafa rage
Lucas Leiva admits a half-time reading of the riot act from Rafa Benitez helped Liverpool overcome Havant.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 29/01/08 8:22am
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed how a half-time reading of the riot act from manager Rafa Benitez helped the Reds overcome Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Cup.
The Reds eventually laboured to a 5-2 fourth round victory at Anfield on Saturday after they were twice forced to come from behind against their non-league opponents in the first half.
Lucas began the rescue mission as he equalised at 1-1 and Benitez's side went on to narrowly avoid what would have proved one of the greatest shocks in the history of the cup.
And Lucas, who joined Liverpool in 2006 from Brazilian side Gremio, has admitted that Benitez let his feelings be known at half-time as the Reds also fell behind 2-1 before Yossi Benayoun restored parity prior to the interval.
"Rafa said a lot of hard things to us at half-time and told us clearly that we had to improve, because we had conceded goals too easily," Lucas told the Daily Mirror.
"We knew we had to win the game because we are in the top division and they are five divisions below us. We didn't play well enough in the first half.
"The manager told us that. He told us some hard words to make us understand we had to improve and not make any more mistakes.
"We know the first half wasn't good enough, but at least in the second we played much better and we won, so now we must prepare for the next one."
Lucas has also admitted his delight at scoring his first goal for Liverpool, who have been drawn at home to Barnsley in the fifth round, and has now set his sights on FA Cup glory.
"I'm really happy because I have been trying hard to get my first goal," Lucas added.
"It was a special moment for me because I became the first Brazilian to score for Liverpool so I'm really, really happy.
"Now, I want to achieve more. The FA Cup is really famous in Brazil. I watched Liverpool play in it on TV when I was in Brazil and it always seemed like a great occasion."