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Jlloyd SamuelJlloyd Samuel accepts that Wanderers’ sloppy defending allowed Liverpool off the hook at the Reebok.

The full-back, making his first league start of the season, reckons his side have got to get tougher in order to defend winning positions.

Wanderers twice led against the Reds, only to fail to clear their lines from set pieces. And with three defeats to show for their efforts so far this season, the newly qualified Trinidad and Tobago international knows improvement must be made soon.

“Considering how hard we had worked to be in the game, the first two goals were really soft,” he said. “We have got to defend better than that if we want to turn this around.

“We hadn’t started like we wanted to but at 0-0 it was pretty comfortable. Luckily enough we got a goal but even after they equalised we were still well in the game.

“The sending off didn’t really help and, after that, Liverpool kicked on.”

Sean Davis’s red card was the game’s major talking point – although Samuel’s take on the decision differed slightly from that of his captain and manager.

“The two yellows were very soft and on another day, maybe he gets away with it,” he said. “I think on the second one he was just trying to get back, and trips himself. We paid for it big time.

“But if it was the other way round, we would probably have wanted to see something happen. Unfortunately, this time we were on the wrong end of it.”

Samuel also heaped praise on the Wanderers fans for their backing.

After a poor start to the campaign, and the abuse aimed at Gary Megson during the game at Hull, there was a degree of uncertainty in the dressing room over what reaction would be afforded to them on Saturday afternoon.

“It was nice to hear,” the defender said. “You could see that as they got behind us, it spurred us on as well.

“Even when we went down to 10 men, we were still kicking on and the fans really helped us. If we’d had the extra man, we would have got a point at least.”