Thursday, 6 January 2011
Blackburn v Liverpool Match Report
Even though Roy Hodgson ended up putting Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard in the starting lineup, unlike he previously stated, it was not enough as the team failed to connect.
The agony for the Reds started in the 32nd minute when the Rovers’ Olsson easily made it past Liverpool’s defence and stunned keeper Pepe Reina.
The second goal for Blackburn came only minutes later. Striker Benjani took a power shot giving Reina no chance as it flew into the back of the net.
Liverpool’s response was right before the half time whistle when Skrtel hit the ball too high over the bar from a Gerrard corner.
Liverpool utilized their first sub defender Daniel Agger on for Kyrgiakos just after halftime. Two minutes later, the Reds’ finally took some charge but an effort from Joe Cole was fruitless as the ball went right into the hands of Blackburn keeper Bunn.
Four minutes later though, Blackburn’s Benjani scored his second goal, 3rd for the night for Blackburn, being set up but Hoilett who made it past a messy Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson.
Hodgson subbed Maxi Rodriguez for Dirk Kuyt right after, but it was too little too late.
The best chance up to that point for the Reds was 66 minutes in when Joe Cole put the ball in Torres’ path, only for him to kick it over the goal.
Less than ten minutes left in the match, a ball from Torres bounced off of Rovers’ Nelson and at the feet of Gerrard, who then put it in the back of the net, giving Liverpool their only goal of the night.
However, they did have a second chance when a penalty was given to Liverpool after Salgado fouled Gerrard in the box. Gerrard uncharacteristically put it over the bar, failing to grab that second goal.
Roy Hodgson said in his post-match interview: “If you are Liverpool and lose to Blackburn, there is nothing that can be said to put a positive slant on things.”
Hodgson’s future, already in doubt after a bad start to the season, has come under heavy fire now after the defeat at Ewood Park.
“It has been a really bad day for me and there is not much I can add other than to assure the fans that their depression is being felt in the dressing room,” he continued. “I don’t intend answering any questions about my position, so that’s it.”