Kenny Dalglish admits Liverpool were left deeply disappointed by their 1-0 defeat to Braga - but praised the impact of Andy Carroll's cameo performance in Portugal.
Alan's 18th minute penalty condemned the Reds to a slender defeat at the Estadio AXA, meaning they'll have it all to do in next week's return meeting at Anfield if they are to progress into the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
However, Carroll's introduction as an early second-half substitute raised Liverpool's performance in Portugal, with the striker's aerial prowess causing havoc for Braga defenders - and Dalglish felt his side could have had a spot kick of their own when Joe Cole was brought down in the area.
"It was a very poor first-half performance from ourselves," the manager told his post-match press conference. "We have no complaints whatsoever about the penalty.
"We picked it up a little bit in the second half and looked a bit more threatening, especially after Andy came on, and I think we were probably denied with a stone wall penalty ourselves.