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Morten Gamst Pedersen Morten Gamst Pedersen's set-piece led to Rovers' opener

Blackburn Rovers lifted the pressure on manager Steve Kean as they battled to a Boxing Day point against Liverpool at Anfield.

Kean has been subjected to fierce hostility from Rovers supporters and his time in charge looked to be coming to a close after successive home defeats by West Bromwich Albion and fellow strugglers Bolton.

But the Scot finally heard cheers from Blackburn fans as they produced a performance of real resilience to earn a draw and offer some light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

Charlie Adam's own goal gave the visitors the lead in first-half stoppage time before Maxi Rodriguez's equaliser early in the second period set the stage for a typical Anfield finale.

Kean aims to build on Anfield point

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish threw captain Steven Gerrard into the fray after 68 minutes for the first time since October following an ankle injury to attempt to force a win, but Blackburn held on in an increasingly frantic closing passage of play.

Rovers goalkeeper Mark Bunn, deputising for the injured Paul Robinson, saved brilliantly from Andy Carroll in the dying seconds and, from the resulting corner, teenage debutant Adam Henley made a miraculous goalline clearance from Daniel Agger.

Blackburn remain bottom of the Premier League but the performance justified their manager's faith in his players.

LIVERPOOL'S HOME LEAGUE RECORD THIS SEASON

  • Played: 9
  • Won: 3
  • Drawn: 6
  • Lost: 0
  • Goals for: 11
  • Against: 7

For Liverpool, this was another bitter Anfield disappointment to add to previous draws against Sunderland, Norwich City and Swansea.

And for all the money Dalglish has lavished on his strike force, the grim statistics read the Reds have failed to score two goals at home since the victory against Wolves in September.

Liverpool's supporters spent the early stages noisily registering their support for Luis Suarez after he was handed an eight-match ban and fined £40,000 by the FA after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

The Uruguayan responded with a typically energetic first-half display that brought a succession of attempts on goal but none that tested Bunn.

Dalglish rues missed Liverpool chances

Liverpool came closest to breaking through Blackburn's disciplined ranks after 26 minutes when Carroll had a chance six yards out but was blocked by the diving Bunn.

With the interval approaching and a growing sense of frustration inside a subdued Anfield, Rovers took a shock lead when Adam deflected Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner beyond the reach of home goalkeeper Pepe Reina at the near post.

The Reds emerged after the break in the manner of a side stung by the words of their manager and responded with an equaliser eight minutes after the restart. Defender Skrtel was the creator, lofting the ball to the far post where Maxi rose unmarked to head in.

Rovers were penned back in front of the Kop and Dalglish decided to introduce talisman Gerrard for the tiring Adam to push for the victory.

It has been a rearguard action for Kean's men, but with 12 minutes left Blackburn created, and wasted, their best opportunity. Dunn won possession and weaved his way into the area only to shoot wide.

BLACKBURN'S PREMIER LEAGUE RECORD UNDER STEVE KEAN

  • Played: 39
  • Won: 6
  • Drawn: 12
  • Lost: 21
  • Points: 30

Carroll had not had many opportunities to make his mark, but he was only inches away with header as Bunn stood rooted to the spot.

Gerrard then played in Stewart Downing on the angle, but his side-foot effort was too close to Bunn and he was able to claim comfortably. Downing's header brought another save from Bunn after he was picked out by Craig Bellamy, on as substitute for Maxi, at the far post.

In a grandstand finish, Bunn and Henley emerged as Blackburn's heroes to finally give Kean some respite from his troubles.

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Monday, 26 December 2011

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 1-1 Blackburn FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Maxi 53
  • Adam (og) 45

Liverpool

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: JonesAtt: 44,441
LIVERPOOL
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • Liverpool 50%
  • Blackburn 50%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 13
  • Blackburn 2

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 15
  • Blackburn 3

Corners

  • Liverpool 9
  • Blackburn 2

Fouls

  • Liverpool 5
  • Blackburn 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:01 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+5:15 Daniel Agger takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Henley.
  • 90:00+4:57 Andy Carroll takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn. Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line.
  • 90:00+4:42 The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+3:58 Martin Skrtel fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • Correction - 90:00+3:16 Substitution David Goodwillie comes on in place of Ayegbeni Yakubu.
  • 90:00+3:16 Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu goes off and David Goodwillie comes on.
  • 90:00+2:59 Radosav Petrovic has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 90:00+2:05 Foul by Sanchez Jose Enrique on Simon Vukcevic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jason Lowe.
  • 90:00+1:27 Glen Johnson delivers the ball.
  • 90:00+0:40 Craig Bellamy takes the inswinging corner, save by Mark Bunn.
  • 88:23 Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 87:26 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 86:49 Foul by Adam Henley on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Grant Hanley.
  • 86:33 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Mark Bunn makes a save.
  • Correction - 85:13 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
  • 85:13 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
  • 85:00 Centre by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Jason Lowe.
  • 83:58 Substitution Radosav Petrovic replaces David Dunn.
  • Correction - 83:24 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
  • 83:24 Andy Carroll takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
  • 83:01 Mauro Formica produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 80:13 Substitution Craig Bellamy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rodriguez Maxi.
  • 79:50 Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, Header from close range by Andy Carroll misses to the right of the goal.
  • 79:23 Centre by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Grant Hanley.
  • 78:30 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
  • 78:03 David Dunn produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 77:08 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Luis Suarez produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 74:46 Substitution Simon Vukcevic replaces David Hoilett.
  • 74:32 Long range effort by Steven Gerrard goes wide right of the target.
  • 74:26 Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 71:29 Booking Daniel Agger shown a yellow card.
  • 71:09 Foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Sanchez Jose Enrique, free kick awarded. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:17 Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
  • 67:53 The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Rodriguez Maxi produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 67:53 Substitution Steven Gerrard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charlie Adam.
  • 67:53 Adam Henley concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez.
  • 67:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Grant Hanley. Free kick taken by Luis Suarez.
  • 64:54 David Dunn challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson, save made by Mark Bunn.
  • 64:40 The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Grant Hanley.
  • Correction - 63:51 Charlie Adam has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left. Andy Carroll takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Hanley.
  • 63:51 Charlie Adam produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 63:40 The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Grant Hanley.
  • 62:09 The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.
  • 60:50 Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:27 Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, save by Mark Bunn.
  • Correction - 59:59 Sanchez Jose Enrique decides to take a short corner.
  • 59:59 Luis Suarez decides to take a short corner.
  • 58:20 The ball is swung over by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Christopher Samba. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, Luis Suarez has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 57:54 A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.
  • 57:42 Luis Suarez delivers the ball, clearance made by Grant Hanley.
  • 55:57 Effort by Sanchez Jose Enrique from a long way out goes over the target.
  • 54:20 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Andy Carroll goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 53:50 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Ayegbeni Yakubu makes a clearance.
  • 52:26 Assist on the goal came from Martin Skrtel.
  • 52:26 GOAL - Rodriguez MaxiLiverpool 1 - 1 Blackburn Rodriguez Maxi finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Liverpool 1-1 Blackburn.
  • 52:10 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 51:42 The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.
  • 50:22 The offside flag is raised against Luis Suarez. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:50 The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing.
  • 49:21 Daniel Agger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Direct free kick taken by David Dunn.
  • 48:50 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Steven Nzonzi.
  • 48:05 Charlie Adam takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in.
  • 47:33 A cross is delivered by Luis Suarez, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.
  • 46:40 Unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by Grant Hanley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
  • 45:36 Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Mauro Formica gets a block in. Charlie Adam handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:33 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+1:52 Centre by Stewart Downing, save by Mark Bunn.
  • 44:53 Assist on the goal came from Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 44:53 GOAL - Charlie AdamLiverpool 0 - 1 Blackburn Charlie Adam concedes an unfortunate own goal. Liverpool 0-1 Blackburn.
  • 44:20 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line played to the near post,
  • 43:26 Luis Suarez sends in a cross.
  • 42:14 Ayegbeni Yakubu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel. Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
  • 41:27 David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:29 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stewart Downing.
  • 35:53 The ball is crossed by Ayegbeni Yakubu.
  • 35:26 Morten Gamst Pedersen decides to take a short corner.
  • 33:47 The referee blows for offside. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:06 The assistant referee flags for offside against Rodriguez Maxi. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
  • 31:09 Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:03 The official flags Andy Carroll offside. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 30:29 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Henley.
  • 29:19 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, save by Mark Bunn.
  • 27:32 Christopher Samba takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
  • Correction - 26:59 Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Jordan Henderson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from right channel.
  • 26:59 Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Jordan Henderson results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel,
  • 26:34 Andy Carroll takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
  • 26:27 The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 26:11 The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing.
  • 26:02 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 25:46 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:57 Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross.
  • 23:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
  • 22:42 Shot by Jordan Henderson from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 22:30 Stewart Downing delivers the ball, clearance by Grant Hanley.
  • 22:01 Charlie Adam takes the outswinging corner, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 21:29 Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by David Dunn results in a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
  • 19:51 Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Henley. Adam Henley takes the free kick.
  • 18:58 Luis Suarez produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 18:08 Effort on goal by Luis Suarez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 16:16 Jason Lowe delivers the ball, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 14:03 A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 10:57 Unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by Grant Hanley results in a free kick. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Mark Bunn.
  • 10:36 The ball is crossed by Jason Lowe, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
  • 9:16 Ayegbeni Yakubu is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:01 Stewart Downing sends in a cross, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 8:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Hanley on Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:21 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Luis Suarez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 5:13 David Dunn challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
  • 4:31 The ball is sent over by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Christopher Samba. Charlie Adam takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Mark Bunn.
  • 3:44 Luis Suarez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 3:14 A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, save by Mark Bunn.
  • 1:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christopher Samba on Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 18 38 45
2 Man Utd 18 33 45
3 Tottenham 16 13 35
4 Chelsea 18 15 34
5 Arsenal 17 8 32
6 Liverpool 18 7 31
7 Newcastle 18 3 30
8 Stoke 18 -10 25
9 West Brom 18 -7 22
10 Everton 17 -2 21
11 Norwich 17 -4 21
12 Aston Villa 18 -4 20
13 Fulham 18 -5 19
14 Sunderland 18 0 18
15 Swansea 17 -5 18
16 QPR 17 -14 16
17 Wolves 17 -13 15
18 Wigan 18 -20 14
19 Bolton 18 -19 12
20 Blackburn 18 -14 11

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