Pepe admits howler
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has openly taken the fall for Steaua Bucuresti's equaliser.
Last Updated: 02/12/10 10:38pm
Liverpool goalkeeper has taken Jose Reina has openly taken the fall for Steaua Bucuresti's equaliser on Thursday.
Milan Jovanovic gave a much-changed Reds outfit the lead on 19 minutes and it would have proved the winner had Reina not let Eder Bonfim's tame header squirm through his legs and over the line just after the hour mark.
Nevertheless, a point was still sufficient for Roy Hodgson's side to head into the round of 32 and the largely inexperienced XI take a creditable draw back from Romania.
But the Reds shot-stopper accepted responsibility for the Premier League side's failure to take maximum points back to England.
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."
Reina also praised the younger players - including the likes of Martin Kelly, Danny Wilson, Daniel 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."