Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was full of praise for his players after they saw off Sparta Prague in the Europa League last night.
Liverpool won the tie 1-0 after a late Dirk Kuyt goal settled the match, and stopped the game going to extra time.
With both teams struggling to score, it had looked like the game may go to penalties, but up popped Kuyt and Dalglsih said he felt his team edged it over the two legs.
legs of the tie.
“I thought they made it really difficult for us tonight,” said Liverpool legend Dalglish.
“In the first half there were a couple of scares and in the second half they had a header from a free-kick across goal.
“They were a good strong side and it was a difficult game for us across two legs but I thought we deserved to win.
“I think the boys deserve great credit for the way they went about their work – for their determination and their effort – to get a result.
“They were superb and the pride they took in themselves and the club was rewarded in the end with a goal.”
Despite success whilst managing Liverpool in his previous spell, Dalglish never managed his team in Europe, so was pleased with his first tie.
“I had never done it before and I quite enjoyed it,” added Dalglish.
“It’s a fantastic football club and I was lucky enough to be asked to come back.
“But I’m only here managing a football club in the Europa League because of the work that was done before me by the players and Roy.
“It is a great honour for me to be sitting here in charge of this football club but an even bigger honour to be here on a European night and also winning.”
Sparta Prague coach, Jozef Chovanec said he was disappointed not to take the game to extra time, where he felt they could win the tie.
“It is very disappointing because I was hoping we would get a chance in extra time,” said Chovanec.
“We tried to continue with our performance from last week, we tried hard against the favourites for the game.
“Aside from the result we played very well but it is very disappointing to concede a few minutes before the end.
“It was a goal from a corner. I didn’t see that as a great goalscoring opportunity and I think we could have shown more strength in extra time.
“Liverpool had injured players coming off and I am disappointed we didn’t take it to extra time.”