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Allen disappointed to lose to former club
, Thu 01/11/12 at 19:04
Welsh midfielder Joe Allen has spoken about his team's disappointment at losing 3-1 to former club Swansea City in the Capital One Cup - but he has backed them to bounce back with three points against Newcastle on Sunday.
"We're bitterly disappointed," the 22-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com.
"To go into the game as holders of this competition, we were hungry and determined to get into the next round. It obviously wasn't meant to be."
A first half header from Spanish defender Chico Flores gave the Swans a 1-0 half time lead before winger Nathan Dyer's tap in put them 2-0 up shortly after the hour. Substitute Luis Suarez gave the Reds hope with a headed goal after 75 minutes, but Jon de Guzman's late goal sealed the win for the visitors.
"It almost took us to go two goals down before we really kicked into gear, it's a shame. I think if there were a few minutes left at the end, it looked like we probably would have gone on to get that second goal and force extra time."
"But time ran out and we had a few chances which we couldn't unfortunately put away."
Allen said that it was "very strange, obviously bittersweet" to face his old club, but agreed with his boss that victory was only element that mattered to the match.
"It was great to line up alongside some top friends I've got at Swansea," he said.
"But it's a game I desperately wanted to win for Liverpool and it's very disappointing not to have done that."
Attention turns to Sunday afternoon and an enticing league encounter between the Reds and Newcastle at Anfield and Allen is looking forward for the chance to make an immediate amends.
"It's easy to say after getting knocked out of the cup but the league is every team's priority and it's no different for us," Allen concluded. "It's another big game at home at Anfield and one that we'll be looking to bounce back in with all three points."
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