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The BBC's Pat Murphy
"Owen made sure Ogrizovic wouldn't forget his 600th game"
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Saturday, 1 April, 2000, 18:29 GMT 19:29 UK
Red hitmen on target
Owen
Owen's brace was of world-class proportions
Coventry 0-3 Liverpool

Michael Owen scored twice and Emile Heskey got his first for the club in a one-sided match at Highfield Road.

Owen marked the latest return from his hamstring difficulties with two first half strikes.

The striker had been left out of the Reds' previous match against Newcastle as a precaution.


Key moments
23 mins: Owen twists and turns before shooting past Ogrizovic
38: Striker maks it two after Matteo cross
78: Delight for Heskey
But he returned in style with two goals in 15 first-half minutes as Liverpool moved to within a point of second place in the Premiership.

The first was fantastic, seeing him twist and turn three Coventry defenders before a low drive under keeper Steve Ogrizovic.

The second was a similar finish although this time it was a first time effort from a left wing cross.

After half-time Heskey erased any doubt over the result with the first strike since his 11m move from Leicester.

Oggy's 600th ruined

It all spoilt the day for 42-year-old Ogrizovic, who made his 600th appearance for the Sky Blues in 16 years at the club.


Shaw Owen
Shaw tried to shackle Owen
As at Arsenal last week the veteran had no chance with any of the goals and produced several fine saves to keep the scoreline within reasonable bounds.

Coventry have now lost six of their last eight matches and even the return of substitute Robbie Keane from injury failed to ignite them into life.



Last week's decision to leave him out was taken in full agreement with the medical people.......he looked extremely sharp today

Gerard Houllier on Owen
The Sky Blues made a bright start and Cedric Roussel squandered a good chance to put them ahead.

Steve Froggatt's inswinging free-kick found him at the near post but he sent a header wide when he should have at least tested keeper Sander Westerveld.

But after a promising opening 15 minutes Coventry faded.

Ogrizovic did well to beat away a low shot with plenty of power from Owen after he had been found in space by Steven Gerrard.

A swerving free-kick from David Thompson then thudded off the chest of Ogrizovic, who was relieved to see the ball bounce away to safety.

Goals

Owen's first strike came after Dominic Matteo played the ball into the path of the England striker.

He turned past the challenges of Richard Shaw and Colin Hendry before driving a low shot past Ogrizovic into the corner of the net.

Seven minutes before the interval Owen did it again, with another decisive move which left the home side chasing shadows.



I can handle getting beat but I like us to compete - I don't think we can live with that performance today

Gordon Strachan
Heskey and Gerrard were involved in the build-up before the England Under-21 midfielder slipped the ball into the path of the overlapping Matteo.

He was able to whip over a low cross from near the byline and Owen had time to set his sights before drilling the ball wide of the exposed Ogrizovic.

After the break the 42-year-old keeper brought off fine saves from Thompson, Heskey and Owen.

But the keeper had no chance 12 minutes from time when Patrik Berger floated over an inswinging free-kick.

Heskey was virtually unchallenged as he headed home at the far post.

Teams:

Coventry: Ogrizovic, Telfer, Shaw, Hendry, Froggatt, Chippo, Eustace, McAllister, Hadji, Whelan, Roussel. Subs: Kirkland, Burrows, Keane, Breen, Quinn.

Liverpool: Westerveld, Carragher, Henchoz, Hyypia, Matteo, Gerrard, Hamann, Thompson, Berger, Owen, Heskey. Subs: Friedel, Song, Meijer, Camara, Murphy.

Referee: M Reed (Birmingham)

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