Sunday, 30 October 2011

WBA v Liverpool Match Report

Liverpool showed ex-manager Roy Hodgson and West Brom Albion that they are back on their way back up where they belong.

The Reds’ dominated 2-0 last night at The Hawthorns with a penalty taken by Charlie Adam and late first half goal from Andy Carroll.

Adam was chosen in place of the injured Steven Gerrard to take the early penalty after striker Luis Suarez was tipped inside the box, giving the Reds an early lead.

West Brom’s best chance of the first half came 40 minutes in from a cross from Somen Tchoyi, but winger Peter Odemwingie failed to reach it and that set the tone for the Baggies for the rest of the match.

Soon after Suarez created the chance for Carroll, who put the ball past keeper Ben Foster for Liverpool’s second goal.

The Baggies started the second half rejuvenated but it was not enough. A shot by Tchoyi came too wide, giving keeper Pepe Reina some of the most action he has seen all evening.

The same could not be said for Foster, who blocked more attempts from both Jose Enrique and Carroll. Defender Jonas Olsson also denied Suarez from adding his name to the score sheet, and a last minute shot from Stewart Downing hit the post.

The Reds were still able to leave The Hawthorns with three more points, despite not having their captain Gerrard out with an ankle infection or vice-captain Jamie Carragher suffering with a calf strain.

Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish spoke after the match, praising the clean sheet.

"We've not lost a goal and scored two at the other end.” He told reporters. “We played some great football and could have had a lot more goals, but we are happy with the three points.

"A clean sheet is very pleasing, it helps you to get something from a game, but goals win you games, so I think from Pepe through to everyone we played really well."