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ROBBIE'S REGRET

Posted on 1 February 2007  - 12:00

Robbie Keane described the team as devastated following the Carling Cup exit to Arsenal in Wednesday's semi-final second leg.

Robbie Keane described the team as devastated following the Carling Cup exit to Arsenal in Wednesday's semi-final second leg.Extra time goals from Aliadiere and an own goal from Pascal Chimbonda sealed our fate after Mido had levelled Adebayor's opener with five minutes remaining.

"All the lads are obviously devastated, we got back into it, but the second goal killed us off," said the skipper on the night. "We had to score anyway, but it opened up the game and they got a third one.

"I have to give credit to the lads though, we worked our socks off and gave everything that we could, but we didn't get the luck we needed."

It looked like our best chance of snatching victory was after Mido's goal with five minutes remaining, plus a further five minutes of stoppage time. The home side were rocking a bit at that point and Mido came very close to scoring a second.

"Yes, Mido had the chance that went just past the post and you need that sort of thing to go for you," added Robbie. "It wasn't to be, we devastated for the supporters too, but we gave everything and it just wasn't good enough in the end.

"The good thing about football is that there is always another game - and ours is a massive on in a few days time. Once we get back into training the lads will start looking forward to it and we have to focus our minds on that.

"It is easier said than done because we are gutted - especially for the supporters who came here and were tremendous. I wish we could have sent them home happier."