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Wigan   1 - 1   Liverpool

Fernando Torres puts Liverpool ahead at Wigan
Torres again showed how lethal he is in front of goal with his effort at Wigan

By Mandeep Sanghera

Liverpool were handed a reality check as they escaped with a draw against a determined Wigan.

Fernando Torres latched on to a precise Steven Gerrard pass and clinically drove in a shot to put the Reds ahead.

But Wigan grew stronger as the game progressed and Hugo Rodallega lashed in an effort from 10 yards to level.

Liverpool looked fragile but almost stole the points when Maxi Rodriguez found Gerrard, whose first-time shot came back off the crossbar.

Mohamed Diame also had a late chance for Wigan when his low strike was smartly saved by Pepe Reina as he missed the opportunity to complete the home side's fightback with a winner.

A draw was a fair result - Hodgson

The Latics ended the game the stronger against a Liverpool side who had gone from a team showing authority at the start to one which was left hanging on for a point.

The Reds' efforts in beating Chelsea on Sunday appeared to have taken an energy-sapping affect and the draw ended Liverpool's run of three consecutive league wins, while showing the delicate nature of their recovery as well as a lack of depth to their squad.

The Anfield club's manager Roy Hodgson had picked the same starting XI which beat Chelsea and his side began in the assured manner the confidence of their recent revival had given them.

Lucas Leiva had a 20-yard strike tipped over by Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi before the Gerrard-Torres combination again proved lethal for the visitors.

Gerrard was allowed time and space with the ball in midfield and he used it to telling effect as he slid a ball through to Torres, who took a lovely first touch and held off Gary Caldwell before catching Al-Habsi off guard by taking his shot early to find the bottom corner.

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Liverpool were thriving as Wigan stood too far off them and a well-worked move ended with Gerrard, who had instigated the attack, lofting a left-foot shot over after Torres and Kuyt had helped create the opening.

However, the combination of the Reds tiring and Wigan stepping up their efforts caused the Merseysiders several moments of anxiety.

Latics midfielder Hendry Thomas was biting into tackles and winger Charles N'Zogbia had the Reds defence on the back foot as he took any chance he could to run at them.

And Liverpool were almost masters of their own downfall when N'Zogbia turned the ball in after Lucas had given it away only for his effort to be ruled out for offside for a pass to Rodallega in the build-up play.

Wigan were exerting an increasing pressure and they were rewarded as Liverpool buckled and were made to pay the price for their carelessness shortly into the second half.

Martinez thrilled with Latics display

N'Zogbia found Ronnie Stam and he whipped in a low cross which Reina could only palm to Rodallega, who lashed in a left-foot shot.

The Colombian striker almost added another after centre-back Martin Skrtel failed to intercept a through ball, but Rodallega's first touch let him down and Jamie Carragher cleared for Liverpool.

It was backs-to-the wall stuff for Liverpool as they held Wigan at bay, although the visitors almost snatched a goal when Rodriguez released Gerrard, whose shot came crashing off the crossbar.

It was an enthralling finale to the game and Reina helped his side earn a point as he kept out efforts from Diame and N'Zogbia but Wigan's stirring efforts should give them a belief to move away from the bottom three.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 1-1 Liverpool FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Rodallega 52
  • Torres 7

Wigan

Substitutes

Liverpool

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 16,754
WIGAN
LIVERPOOL

Possession

  • Wigan 58%
  • Liverpool 42%

Attempts on target

  • Wigan 8
  • Liverpool 3

Attempts off target

  • Wigan 2
  • Liverpool 5

Corners

  • Wigan 5
  • Liverpool 4

Fouls

  • Wigan 7
  • Liverpool 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:18 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+3:04 Jonjo Shelvey has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 90:00+2:11 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
  • 90:00+0:35 Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 89:37 The ball is crossed by Victor Moses, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
  • 87:34 Effort on goal by Charles N'Zogbia from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 86:26 Shot from 20 yards by Charles N'Zogbia. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 85:38 Charles N'Zogbia takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
  • 85:38 Substitution Franco Di Santo on for Hugo Rodallega.
  • 84:36 Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
  • 83:19 Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 82:50 Tom Cleverley sends in a cross, Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.
  • 79:46 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Nathan Eccleston coming on for Rodriguez Maxi.
  • 78:48 Steven Gerrard takes a shot.
  • 78:21 Foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 77:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Gary Caldwell. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
  • 77:03 Jonjo Shelvey produces a cross, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.
  • 76:15 The ball is delivered by Victor Moses, clearance made by Rodriguez Maxi.
  • 75:22 The ball is delivered by Tom Cleverley, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
  • 74:04 The ball is crossed by Maynor Figueroa, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
  • 73:30 The ball is swung over by Ronnie Stam, Martin Kelly makes a clearance.
  • 72:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 72:17 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 72:17 Substitution Dirk Kuyt leaves the field to be replaced by Christian Poulsen.
  • 71:22 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Tom Cleverley manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:26 Hugo Rodallega is penalised for a handball. Paul Konchesky restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Charles N'Zogbia. Free kick taken by Ronnie Stam.
  • Correction - 67:54 Handball decision goes against Charles N'Zogbia. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • Correction - 67:54 Substitution Victor Moses comes on in place of Jordi Gomez.
  • 67:54 Charles N'Zogbia is adjudged to have handled the ball.
  • 67:54 Substitution Victor Moses joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordi Gomez.
  • 66:00 Effort on goal by Maynor Figueroa from 35 yards cleared the goal.
  • 64:31 Mohamed Diame has an effort at goal. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 62:15 Leiva Lucas fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Carragher on Hugo Rodallega. Jordi Gomez has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Martin Kelly gets a block in.
  • 57:33 Booking Jamie Carragher is given a yellow card.
  • 55:49 A cross is delivered by Ronnie Stam, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
  • Correction - 53:07 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
  • 53:07 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Tom Cleverley gets a block in.
  • 51:10 GOAL - Hugo RodallegaWigan 1 - 1 Liverpool Hugo Rodallega gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 1-1 Liverpool.
  • 49:31 Tom Cleverley fouled by Paul Konchesky, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia, Dirk Kuyt makes a clearance.
  • 46:43 Martin Skrtel fouled by Hugo Rodallega, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Raul Meireles goes off and Jonjo Shelvey comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:53 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 44:47 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jordi Gomez.
  • 42:57 Martin Kelly delivers the ball.
  • 42:39 The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.
  • 40:41 Centre by Ronnie Stam.
  • 39:12 Jordi Gomez concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
  • 38:34 Hugo Rodallega is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
  • 37:51 Shot by Hugo Rodallega. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.
  • 37:17 Dirk Kuyt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez. Jordi Gomez takes the direct free kick.
  • 36:36 A cross is delivered by Martin Kelly.
  • 33:51 Jordi Gomez takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
  • 33:28 Short corner taken by Jordi Gomez from the left by-line.
  • 32:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Gary Caldwell. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 32:02 Charles N'Zogbia is caught offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
  • 29:16 The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
  • 26:58 Outswinging corner taken by Jordi Gomez, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 26:38 Effort on goal by Mohamed Diame from 20 yards. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.
  • 25:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Hendry Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
  • 24:03 Ronnie Stam produces a cross.
  • 23:46 The referee penalises Steven Gerrard for handball. Hendry Thomas takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:00 A cross is delivered by Jordi Gomez.
  • 22:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Jordi Gomez.
  • 19:55 Raul Meireles takes the outswinging corner, Effort on goal by Martin Skrtel from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 19:47 Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, blocked by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 18:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Jordi Gomez. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:38 Foul by Fernando Torres on Antolin Alcaraz, free kick awarded. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.
  • 17:27 Tom Cleverley delivers the ball, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
  • 15:52 Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 14:06 Tom Cleverley delivers the ball, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 13:55 The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
  • 13:06 Unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:06 Booking Leiva Lucas receives a caution.
  • 12:28 Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Hendry Thomas results in a free kick. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
  • 6:43 Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.
  • 6:43 GOAL - Fernando TorresWigan 0 - 1 Liverpool Fernando Torres finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Liverpool.
  • 5:24 Martin Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa. Direct free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
  • 2:28 Raul Meireles produces a cross, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance.
  • 1:55 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 1:35 Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 10 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 12 23 28
2 Man Utd 12 11 24
3 Arsenal 12 13 23
4 Man City 12 5 21
5 Newcastle 12 5 17
6 Bolton 12 1 16
7 Tottenham 12 -1 16
8 Sunderland 12 -1 16
9 Liverpool 12 -2 16
10 Aston Villa 12 -3 16
11 West Brom 12 -5 16
12 Everton 12 2 15
13 Blackburn 12 -1 15
14 Blackpool 12 -7 14
15 Fulham 12 0 13
16 Stoke 12 -5 13
17 Birmingham 12 -3 12
18 Wigan 12 -12 11
19 Wolves 12 -9 9
20 West Ham 12 -11 8

see also
Wednesday's football photos
10 Nov 10 |  Football
Wednesday football as it happened
10 Nov 10 |  Football
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11 Nov 10 |  Premier League


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