Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard admits the man-marking job by Fabrice Muamba was helping Bolton Wanderers until Sean Davis' dismissal.

Gerrard said: "We got our rewards and deserved to win it. But Bolton are organised and very dangerous at set-pieces and they showed that by going ahead twice.

"I knew Gary (Megson) would have Fabrice marking me, because he did the same thing twice last season. Fabrice is a very fit lad and can get about the pitch and he was my shadow.

"I don't like seeing men get sent off, but it worked in my favour because I could get more space and have more of an impact.