Monday, 29 November 2010

Tottenham v Liverpool Match Report

Tottenham proved to be the better side Sunday night as a last minute goal from Aaron Lennon saw them triumph against Liverpool.

Liverpool were left without the likes of Daniel Agger and Joe Cole, who was expect to start but picked up an ankle injury during warm-ups.

They were also without Captain Steven Gerrard, who is currently out with a hamstring injury.

Tottenham also had their fair share of problems, with several of their own out on injury including Rafael Van der Vaart, who started for the Spurs, but was forced off in the 9th minute due to hamstring problems. Jermain Defoe came on as sub.

Liverpool were showing that their injuries had not taken the best of them, after Martin Skrtel made it 0-1 in the 42nd minute after a Tottenham free kick went wrong.

The first half ended after two more close calls for the Reds from Maxi Rodriguez and Fernando Torres.

Early in the second half, a penalty was awarded to Tottenham after Liverpool striker David Ngog blocked a free kick with his arms. Defoe took the penalty but hit it too wide and missed the shot.

65th minute, a shot Modric for Tottenham nearly scored.

However, a block attempt came from Skrtel, who slid and incidentally hit the ball into the net, making it an own goal.

Ngog took a rough push in the 73rd minute, causing him to be substituted and replaced surprisingly by left-back Fabio Aurelio.

With 15 minutes left, Liverpool were anxious to pull ahead. Unfortunately this meant messy attempts from the likes of Raul Meireles and Aurelio.

In the last five minutes, Jamie Carragher, in the midst of a challenge with Spurs’ Peter Crouch, hit his shoulder causing dislocating it.

The winner came two minutes into extra time with the winning goal from Lennon, who latched onto a Gareth Bale pass.

Liverpool defender Paul Konchesky did not even seem to put up a fight as Lennon controlled the ball and put it past the Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.

The Liverpool loss sees them one place down to 10th place in the league table.

Tottenham are sitting in 5th place, trailing six points behind leaders Manchester United.

The injuries picked up by Rafael Van der Vaart and Jamie Carragher will be a blow to both teams, as both players could be out for up to a month.

Tottenham v Liverpool Match Preview

Tottenham will host Liverpool on Sunday, 28th November at 4:00PM at White Hart Lane, and the Spurs are looking to win the league.

Both the Spurs and Reds have had a roller coaster campaign so far this season.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that his side needs to prove they are fearsome on the pitch and be taken more seriously as a contender for the title.
The London-based side might be feeling a bit of fatigue after their midweek game Champions League match against Werder Bremen.
For Liverpool, that fear they once had may be gone, as two seasons ago they were only four points from winning the league.
The Reds’ season however is finally looking up after gaining 13 points from their last six games.
A win over Spurs with a two goal margin will even see Liverpool above the Spurs on the Premier League table, as they are currently only three points behind.
Liverpool’s away record this season however has been very poor, winning only once against Bolton.
Defender Jamie Carragher will also be making his 450th league appearance, and will take over the captain’s armband from currently sidelined Steven Gerrard.
Tottenham will be without Huddlestone and O’Hara, who are suffering an ankle and back injury respectively, and also Dos Santos, King and Woodgate, all of which have groin injuries.
Van der Vaart, Dawson and Jenas are all a possibility, providing they are fit enough after their injuries.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will still be without Gerrard, who picked up a hamstring injury during the last international match against France a couple weeks ago.
Other Liverpool injuries include Agger and Spearing, both with ankle injuries.
Midfielder Joe Cole is on the race to be fit following a hamstring injury.

Liverpool v West Ham Match Report

Liverpool proved they were still a fighting force after a 3-0 win over West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.

Reds defender Glen Johnson, who had been out with an ankle injury, opened the scoring in the 18th minute, assisted by Raul Meireles.

After West Ham defender Daniel Gabbidon was caught with a handball after 27 minutes in an effort to get away from Fernando Torres, a penalty was given in which Dirk Kuyt safely put past keeper Robert Green into the back of the net.

A third Liverpool goal came just before the end of the second half after a header from Maxi Rodriguez, after a nice cross from Paul Konchesky.

West Ham finally had a chance when Carlton Cole broke through the Liverpool defence only to put his header over the bar.

The second half showed no extra goals, as Liverpool's pace seemed to slow, but West Ham failed to take advantage of this or show any improvement.

Glen Johnson told BBC after the match, "It is always nice to get off the treatment table and score a goal.

"We started off well and took our chances when they fell to us. I thought we played really well and showed a lot of class.

"I know I did not play at my best today but I got the goal and we won and that is what counts, we will get better throughout the season."

West Ham have now lost seven out of the first 14 games of the season.

Manager Avram Grant said, "Today we played poor. In the last weeks we've played well. We didn't come into the game in the first half, in the second I was happy with the response of the players.

"The players looked like they wanted to succeed in this game, but something's not going well. We didn't play well like we did in the last weeks.

"We take the second-half performance and I'm sure we can win the next game because they are games we can win."

The win sees Liverpool move to 9th place on the Barclays Premier League table with 19 points and West Ham last with only nine points.