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Liverpool   1 - 2   Blackpool

Charlie Adam powers in a penalty to give Blackpool the lead against Liverpool

By Mandeep Sanghera

Blackpool produced a stirring display as they piled the pressure on Liverpool by beating the Merseysiders at Anfield.

Charlie Adam put the visitors ahead when he drove in a penalty after Glen Johnson tripped Luke Varney.

Varney controlled a Gary Taylor-Fletcher pass and ruthlessly lashed in a shot to stun the Reds.

A powerful Sotirios Kyrgiakos header gave the home side hope and he almost levelled in injury-time but was denied by a superb Matt Gilks save.

The defeat continues Liverpool's nightmare start to a season which has also seen them dumped out of the Carling Cup by League Two Northampton and now leaves them third from bottom of the Premier League.

First-half display disappoints Hodgson

However, any notion that the Reds are in a false position was for the most part dispelled, especially in the first half, by a joyful Blackpool side that blended a work-rate and commitment with some slick passing to celebrate a first win at Anfield since 1967.

There was a joie de vivre about Blackpool as they took the game to the Reds on their first Anfield appearance since January 1971 and, early on, Adam had a powerful 20-yard free-kick blocked away by keeper Pepe Reina.

Liverpool suffered a setback with star striker Fernando Torres going off after 10 minutes with an injury which, if any were needed, acted as further encouragement for the vibrant visitors.

Blackpool had an excellent chance to tale the lead when Neil Eardley curled in a teasing cross that DJ Campbell met on the half-volley but could only steer the wrong side of the far post.

Eardley cleared a Kyrgiakos header off the line at the other end but Liverpool were shocked as the visitors took the lead when Adam drove in a penalty after Johnson tripped Varney.

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Liverpool tried to respond as David Ngog robbed Adam of possession and shot straight at Gilks before Johnson, attempting to atone for his error, fainted inside and sent a shot high.

But Blackpool showed their more esteemed opponents the required cutting edge and guile to score a goal as Taylor-Fletcher dinked a ball into the diagonal run of Varney, who controlled with the outside of of his boot before lashing in a 12-yard shot.

Anfield was stunned and the ecstasy of the Blackpool fans was in contrast to the despair of the home supporters, who booed their side off at the break.

Whatever Reds boss Roy Hodgson said at half-time had the desired impact as his side belatedly raised themselves into action and almost pulled one back when Ngog met a Dirk Kuyt cross but nodded wide.

Holloway keeping feet firmly on the ground

However, Kyrgiakos made no mistake as he powered in a header from a Steven Gerrard free-kick.

The Reds were now a different side and, as they strived forward, Joe Cole looked set to equalise when he was clean through only for his angled shot to roll agonisingly wide of the far post.

Blackpool were pinned back but, when they did threaten on the counter-attack, Johnson crucially intercepted a Varney pull-back from the byeline.

Liverpool's attacks petered out as Blackpool stood firm and it was only an excellent injury-time save by Gilks from a Kyrgiakos header which secured the three points and moved them up to ninth.

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Sunday, 3 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 1-2 Blackpool FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Kyrgiakos 53
  • Adam (pen) 29
  • Varney 45+1

Liverpool

Substitutes

Blackpool

Substitutes

Ref: JonesAtt: 43,156
LIVERPOOL
BLACKPOOL

Possession

  • Liverpool 50%
  • Blackpool 50%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 10
  • Blackpool 7

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 9
  • Blackpool 4

Corners

  • Liverpool 5
  • Blackpool 2

Fouls

  • Liverpool 11
  • Blackpool 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:29 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+2:59 Centre by Rodriguez Maxi, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 90:00+2:02 Luke Varney fouled by Rodriguez Maxi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
  • 90:00+0:23 Glen Johnson crosses the ball, Close range header by Sotirios Kyrgiakos goes over the bar.
  • 90:00+0:12 The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:44 Foul by Raul Meireles on Luke Varney, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:56 Substitution Rodriguez Maxi replaces Joe Cole.
  • 87:13 The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 86:29 Corner taken short by Charlie Adam.
  • 85:55 Joe Cole delivers the ball, Charlie Adam makes a clearance.
  • 84:54 The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
  • 84:36 Charlie Adam delivers the ball, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
  • 82:53 Effort on goal by Luke Varney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 80:40 Sotirios Kyrgiakos challenges Dudley Campbell unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Adam from left channel, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
  • 79:12 The ball is delivered by Milan Jovanovic, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:52 A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, save by Jose Reina.
  • 78:11 Luke Varney takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
  • 77:52 Centre by Dirk Kuyt, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 77:26 Milan Jovanovic crosses the ball, clearance by Stephen Crainey.
  • 76:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Cole on Keith Southern. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 74:12 The offside flag is raised against Jamie Carragher. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
  • 72:36 Glen Johnson sends in a cross.
  • 71:57 Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 71:08 The ball is crossed by Milan Jovanovic, Matthew Gilks makes a comfortable save.
  • 70:13 The ball is delivered by David Ngog, Stephen Crainey gets a block in.
  • 69:09 Raul Meireles sends in a cross, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
  • 68:41 The referee blows for offside against Luke Varney. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 68:21 The ball is sent over by Luke Varney, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.
  • 68:21 Luke Varney delivers the ball, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
  • 65:57 Milan Jovanovic fouled by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 65:14 The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles takes a shot. Blocked by Charlie Adam.
  • 65:14 Booking Gary Taylor-Fletcher booked.
  • 65:06 Gary Taylor-Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson.
  • 64:47 Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, clearance by Dekel Keinan.
  • 63:58 Matt Phillips takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:58 Booking Booking for Sotirios Kyrgiakos for unsporting behaviour.
  • 63:46 Dudley Campbell fouled by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 63:30 The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, Dekel Keinan makes a clearance.
  • 62:38 Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Keith Southern coming on for Elliot Grandin.
  • 60:57 Milan Jovanovic delivers the ball, blocked by Matt Phillips. Corner taken by Milan Jovanovic from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Luke Varney. Effort from outside the penalty box by Steven Gerrard goes wide left of the target.
  • 60:07 Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Luke Varney results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
  • 59:33 Substitution Milan Jovanovic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christian Poulsen.
  • 58:49 Joe Cole has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 57:39 Raul Meireles takes a shot. Dekel Keinan gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance. Shot from outside the box by Raul Meireles misses to the left of the target.
  • 55:43 Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, clearance made by David Vaughan.
  • 53:27 The ball is sent over by Raul Meireles, Matthew Gilks makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by David Ngog on Dekel Keinan. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 52:35 Assist on the goal came from Steven Gerrard.
  • 52:35 GOAL - Sotirios KyrgiakosLiverpool 1 - 2 Blackpool Sotirios Kyrgiakos finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 1-2 Blackpool.
  • 52:23 Handball decision goes against Ian Evatt. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball,
  • 51:46 Joe Cole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
  • 50:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Christian Poulsen. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 49:35 Unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Dekel Keinan results in a free kick. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:20 Charlie Adam produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 48:59 The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, comfortable save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 48:49 Glen Johnson produces a cross.
  • 47:17 Dirk Kuyt delivers the ball.
  • 46:40 The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by David Ngog misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • 45:01 Substitution Neal Eardley leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Phillips.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:25 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:00 Booking Jose Reina is cautioned by the ref for dissent.
  • 45:00+0:57 The assist for the goal came from Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 45:00+0:57 GOAL - Luke VarneyLiverpool 0 - 2 Blackpool Luke Varney finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 0-2 Blackpool.
  • 45:00+0:39 Joe Cole takes a shot. Dekel Keinan gets a block in.
  • 45:00+0:13 The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
  • 44:17 Long range shot by Raul Meireles goes wide right of the net.
  • 44:09 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, clearance by Neal Eardley.
  • 43:11 David Ngog fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right channel, Dekel Keinan makes a clearance.
  • 42:52 Stephen Crainey takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 42:23 Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 40:20 Joe Cole takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 39:52 Foul by Elliot Grandin on Joe Cole, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joe Cole.
  • 39:04 The assistant referee flags for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 38:28 The ball is crossed by Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a comfortable save.
  • 36:22 Unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Neal Eardley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Christian Poulsen.
  • 35:52 Effort on goal by Glen Johnson from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 33:13 Luke Varney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Poulsen. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
  • 32:38 David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 31:30 Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Sotirios Kyrgiakos has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
  • 30:28 Centre by Glen Johnson.
  • 28:49 Luke Varney provided the assist for the goal.
  • 28:49 GOAL - Charlie AdamLiverpool 0 - 1 Blackpool Placed penalty scored by Charlie Adam. Liverpool 0-1 Blackpool.
  • 28:21 Penalty awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Luke Varney.
  • 24:43 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, clearance by Ian Evatt. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:06 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 22:42 Luke Varney takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
  • 21:44 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson.
  • 21:35 The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, Dekel Keinan manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:49 Substitution Dekel Keinan replaces Craig Cathcart.
  • 19:01 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 16:51 Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 16:43 The ball is sent over by David Ngog, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Charlie Adam. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
  • 15:49 Luke Varney takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 14:28 Neal Eardley produces a cross, Dudley Campbell produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 13:18 The ball is crossed by Dudley Campbell, Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 13:11 The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, Charlie Adam makes a clearance.
  • 12:17 Ian Evatt fouled by David Ngog, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Evatt takes the free kick.
  • 10:24 Corner taken by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
  • 8:28 Substitution David Ngog is brought on as a substitute for Fernando Torres.
  • 8:28 Dudley Campbell fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Elliot Grandin crosses the ball in from the free kick, Glen Johnson makes a clearance. Shot from just outside the box by Stephen Crainey misses to the right of the target.
  • 7:41 Joe Cole is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 7:30 The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres, clearance by Ian Evatt.
  • 7:18 Glen Johnson crosses the ball, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:57 David Vaughan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles. Steven Gerrard takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:55 The ball is crossed by Luke Varney.
  • 4:59 Gary Taylor-Fletcher delivers the ball, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
  • 4:17 Centre by Charlie Adam.
  • 3:12 A cross is delivered by Fernando Torres.
  • 1:04 Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Dudley Campbell. Strike comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick, save by Jose Reina.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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3 Oct 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 7 21 18
2 Man City 7 6 14
3 Man Utd 7 7 13
4 Arsenal 7 7 11
5 Tottenham 7 2 11
6 West Brom 7 -3 11
7 Stoke 7 -1 10
8 Aston Villa 7 -3 10
9 Blackpool 7 -4 10
10 Fulham 7 1 9
11 Sunderland 7 0 8
12 Bolton 7 -1 8
13 Blackburn 7 -1 8
14 Wigan 7 -9 8
15 Newcastle 7 0 7
16 Birmingham 7 -3 7
17 Everton 7 -1 6
18 Liverpool 7 -4 6
19 Wolves 7 -5 5
20 West Ham 7 -9 5

see also
Relegation form worries Hodgson
04 Oct 10 |  Premier League
Premier League as it happened
03 Oct 10 |  Football
Sunday's football photos
03 Oct 10 |  Football
Holloway savours Liverpool shock
03 Oct 10 |  Blackpool



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