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Liverpool   2 - 1   Blackburn

Steven Gerrard celebrates putting Liverpool in front
Reds skipper Gerrard scored against the run of play at Anfield

By Paul Fletcher

Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres scored as Liverpool won a bad-tempered contest against Blackburn to move to within one point of fourth spot.

Gerrard put Liverpool ahead with a left-foot shot from six yards before Keith Andrews levelled from the spot after a Jamie Carragher handball.

An unmarked Torres slid home from close range to restore Liverpool's lead.

Gerrard and El-Hadji Diouf exchanged heated words before the break while Pepe Reina denied Chris Samba late on.

There is no love lost between Reds boss Rafa Benitez and Rovers counterpart Sam Allardyce - and little that happened on the pitch is likely to lead to any form of reconciliation.

Steven Nzonzi should have been sent off after pushing Lucas in the face and there were a series of thunderous challenges during a fully committed contest that saw Benitez repeatedly complain to the fourth official.

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It was far from vintage Liverpool and Rovers can consider themselves unfortunate to have left Anfield pointless.

But the Reds will be pleased to have returned to winning ways having failed to score in their previous two games.

Torres, who has been dogged by groin and knee injuries, was back in the starting XI for the first time since 13 January, and understandably not at his fluent best.

But there was an unmistakeable electricity around the ground every time the Spain striker was in possession.

And the fact that he and Gerrard both found the net ended a sequence of six Premier League games during which Dirk Kuyt had been the only Liverpool player to have scored.

The wait goes on for Allardyce to earn his first win as a manager at Anfield, but there was plenty to suggest from his team's performance that they will climb the table during the remaining weeks of the season.

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Blackburn started brightly and created several early chances, with the recalled Samba heading tamely at goal, Martin Olsson narrowly missing from distance and Nikola Kalinic shooting across goal but marginally wide.

Their early dominance perhaps warranted a goal and Rovers can consider themselves extremely unlucky to find themselves trailing after 20 minutes.

A rare period of crisp interplay concluded with a heavy touch from Gerrard that had the effect of catching Samba flat-footed and allowed the Liverpool skipper the time and space to drill the ball beyond Paul Robinson from a tight angle.

Reina twice denied Morten Gamst Pedersen, while Dirk Kuyt headed wide for Liverpool before Rovers equalised from the penalty spot after Carragher was adjudged to have handled while he was led on the floor, preventing Kalinic from collecting the ball.

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Reina almost saved the spot-kick but Andrews' effort squirmed under his body.

Liverpool, who had seen the recalled Fabio Aurelio limp off, went into the break with their lead restored after Torres converted Maxi Rodriguez's low cross.

But the final minutes of the half were dominated by a prolonged verbal exchange between Gerrard and former Liverpool forward Diouf that started after Rovers had a second penalty appeal turned down.

The two players had to be separated by a steward as they made their way into the tunnel at the break.

The first dramatic action after the restart involved another unsightly incident as Nzonzi pushed Lucas in the face and was extremely fortunate to escape with a booking.

Actual footballing drama remained at a premium but Daniel Agger headed over from a Gerrard free-kick while an ambitious overhead kick from Kuyt missed the target.

Rovers substitute Vince Grella missed from 20 yards late on before Reina pulled off a sensational injury-time save from Samba's header that had deflected off Kuyt.

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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Gerrard 20
  • Torres 44
  • Andrews (pen) 40

Liverpool

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: WileyAtt: 42,795
LIVERPOOL
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • Liverpool 50%
  • Blackburn 50%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 6
  • Blackburn 7

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 6
  • Blackburn 5

Corners

  • Liverpool 4
  • Blackburn 5

Fouls

  • Liverpool 10
  • Blackburn 23
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:04 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+5:04 Unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano by Michel Salgado results in a free kick.
  • 90:00+4:41 A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Jose Reina.
  • 90:00+1:56 Christopher Samba takes a shot. Brilliant save by Jose Reina.
  • 90:00+1:29 Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 90:00+1:29 Booking Leiva Lucas receives a caution for time wasting.
  • 90:00+1:24 Emiliano Insua concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts.
  • 90:00+0:50 Jason Roberts produces a cross.
  • 89:59 Vincenzo Grella has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 88:51 Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 88:51 Substitution David Ngog replaces Fernando Torres.
  • 88:51 Foul by Rodriguez Maxi on Pascal Chimbonda, free kick awarded.
  • 87:44 Unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Christopher Samba results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 87:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Babel on Pascal Chimbonda. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 83:42 Foul by Vincenzo Grella on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:08 Steven Gerrard produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 80:32 Substitution Ryan Babel is brought on as a substitute for Yossi Benayoun.
  • 79:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodriguez Maxi on Pascal Chimbonda. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 77:06 Fernando Torres is ruled offside. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 76:30 The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Javier Mascherano manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:11 A cross is delivered by Keith Andrews. The referee blows for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:45 The ball is sent over by Keith Andrews, Nikola Kalinic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Reina. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:16 The ball is swung over by Michel Salgado, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.
  • 71:57 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
  • 71:03 Jason Roberts fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen, Steven Gerrard gets a block in.
  • 69:52 Emiliano Insua produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 69:11 Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, Keith Andrews manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:11 Booking Booking for El-Hadji Diouf for unsporting behaviour.
  • 68:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano by El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 66:16 Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, Keith Andrews makes a clearance.
  • 65:37 Unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Keith Andrews results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right channel, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
  • 63:59 Substitution Jason Roberts on for David Hoilett.
  • 63:15 Unfair challenge on Emiliano Insua by El-Hadji Diouf results in a free kick. Emiliano Insua takes the free kick.
  • 61:35 David Hoilett takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
  • 60:48 Effort from inside the area by Dirk Kuyt misses to the right of the goal.
  • 60:35 Javier Mascherano crosses the ball, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:32 Substitution Vincenzo Grella joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Nzonzi.
  • 59:23 Keith Andrews has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
  • 58:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Pascal Chimbonda. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
  • 57:45 Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pascal Chimbonda. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Keith Andrews. The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 55:43 Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
  • 55:43 Booking Nikola Kalinic is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 55:30 Javier Mascherano fouled by Nikola Kalinic, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 55:04 Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Christopher Samba takes the free kick.
  • 54:55 The ball is crossed by Emiliano Insua, clearance made by Pascal Chimbonda.
  • 54:20 Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson. Steven Gerrard decides to take a short corner. Centre by Emiliano Insua, clearance by Keith Andrews.
  • 52:30 Pascal Chimbonda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi. The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, Headed effort from close range by Daniel Agger goes wide left of the goal.
  • 50:14 Substitution Pascal Chimbonda joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Olsson.
  • 49:19 Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:19 Booking Steven Nzonzi goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 49:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Steven Nzonzi.
  • 47:27 Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick. Centre by Dirk Kuyt, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 47:27 Booking Martin Olsson booked.
  • 47:21 Handball by Martin Olsson.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:10 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+0:57 Foul by David Hoilett on Javier Mascherano, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right wing. The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 43:10 Assist by Rodriguez Maxi.
  • 43:10 GOAL - Fernando TorresLiverpool 2 - 1 Blackburn Fernando Torres gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn.
  • 42:40 Javier Mascherano crosses the ball, Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.
  • 41:12 Rodriguez Maxi fouled by Keith Andrews, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right channel, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:44 GOAL - Keith AndrewsLiverpool 1 - 1 Blackburn Placed penalty scored by Keith Andrews. Liverpool 1-1 Blackburn.
  • 39:05 The referee gives a against Jamie Carragher for handball.
  • 38:42 The ball is swung over by Martin Olsson, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:48 Substitution Fabio Aurelio leaves the field to be replaced by Emiliano Insua.
  • 36:27 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 36:16 Javier Mascherano takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet.
  • 35:27 Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
  • 34:35 Yossi Benayoun concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 32:12 Centre by Martin Olsson, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
  • 30:35 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Dirk Kuyt.
  • 29:06 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Header from close in by Dirk Kuyt misses to the left of the goal.
  • 28:59 Javier Mascherano sends in a cross, clearance by Michel Salgado.
  • 27:01 Steven Gerrard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Keith Andrews.
  • 26:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Steven Gerrard. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Fabio Aurelio, clearance made by Gael Givet.
  • 25:18 Unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Christopher Samba.
  • 23:51 Fabio Aurelio takes a shot. Michel Salgado gets a block in.
  • 23:09 El-Hadji Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 20:18 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Save by Javier Mascherano. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf, Headed effort on goal by Steven Nzonzi from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 19:03 The assist for the goal came from Yossi Benayoun.
  • 19:03 GOAL - Steven GerrardLiverpool 1 - 0 Blackburn A goal is scored by Steven Gerrard from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Blackburn.
  • 17:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Agger on Nikola Kalinic. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 16:46 Direct free kick taken by Fabio Aurelio.
  • 16:46 Booking Michel Salgado is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 16:38 Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Michel Salgado results in a free kick.
  • 15:19 Nikola Kalinic has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 15:03 Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Gael Givet results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Rodriguez Maxi.
  • 13:53 Centre by Rodriguez Maxi, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 12:32 Shot from just outside the box by Fernando Torres misses to the right of the target.
  • 11:22 Martin Olsson delivers the ball, clearance by Daniel Agger. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.
  • 10:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodriguez Maxi on Martin Olsson. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 10:17 Rodriguez Maxi crosses the ball, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
  • 9:50 Javier Mascherano produces a cross, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 8:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Jamie Carragher. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher. Nikola Kalinic is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
  • 7:45 Fernando Torres fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Fabio Aurelio, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Daniel Agger. Direct free kick taken by Fabio Aurelio.
  • 4:43 Martin Olsson produces a left-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 3:39 The ball is crossed by David Hoilett, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
  • 2:26 Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Jose Reina.
  • 2:19 El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross, clearance made by Daniel Agger.
  • 1:13 El-Hadji Diouf takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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28 Feb 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 28 39 61
2 Man Utd 28 42 60
3 Arsenal 28 35 58
4 Tottenham 28 23 49
5 Man City 27 17 49
6 Liverpool 28 17 48
7 Aston Villa 26 16 45
8 Birmingham 27 -2 40
9 Fulham 28 3 38
10 Everton 27 0 38
11 Stoke 27 -5 34
12 Blackburn 28 -15 34
13 West Ham 27 -8 27
14 Sunderland 27 -12 27
15 Bolton 27 -19 26
16 Wigan 27 -27 25
17 Wolves 27 -24 24
18 Hull 27 -29 24
19 Burnley 27 -29 23
20 Portsmouth 27 -22 19

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