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Blackpool   2 - 1   Liverpool

DJ Campbell scores the winner for Blackpool
Campbell was at the right place at the right time for Blackpool

By Saj Chowdhury

DJ Campbell took advantage of some woeful defending as Blackpool completed the league double over Liverpool.

The visitors took an early lead when Fernando Torres fired a fierce drive high into the net after being fed by Reds full-back Martin Kelly.

The Seasiders equalised soon after when Gary Taylor-Fletcher made the most of slack marking to slot home.

And Campbell handed Blackpool victory after he was left alone in the six-yard area to nod in.

The marking for the goal was as shocking as Liverpool's loss of confidence as the match progressed.

Holloway delighted with Liverpool double

It began well for Reds manager Kenny Dalglish, who was taking charge of his first Premier League match in 12 years.

Although Torres's performance level declined like that of his team-mates during the 90 minutes, the Spain international's goal in the third minute proved that if the ball is played behind the defence then he is still the striker you would bank on.

It took him only three minutes to light up the night at Bloomfield Road when he smashed in high past Blackpool goalkeeper Richard Kingson after he was supplied by Kelly.

That settled the Merseysiders for a short while but it did not blunt the home side's spirit.

The men in tangerine gamely battled for every first and second ball in midfield and were rewarded for their pressing 10 minutes after Liverpool's opener.

Raul Meireles was the victim of the home side's hustling on this occasion giving the ball away to the impressive David Vaughan who slipped in Taylor-Fletcher. The striker sold Daniel Agger with the best dummy of the night before placing his shot past keeper Pepe Reina.

606: DEBATE

Taylor-Fletcher celebrated the goal by running to the touchline and lifting up a T-shirt that read "4 Butch you Bluenose RIP" in tribute to Macclesfield player Richard Butcher who died this week.

The goal seemed to unsettle the visitors, who began to look like the shaky side their supporters have become accustomed to this season.

Campbell should have scored but missed with a header from four yards at the far post before Taylor-Fletcher came close to adding a second when he curled an effort over the stranded Reina, who should have been punished for a poor clearance.

The pain continued for Dalglish's men after the break when Reina was forced to palm away a stinging 20-yard effort from Charlie Adam, who had recovered from worrying fall in the first half.

The Liverpool keeper was then called into action once more, tipping Vaughan's effort over the bar after the wily midfielder created space in the box.

Players showed they care - Dalglish

As lax as the visitors' defence was, Blackpool's backline was solid. In the first half the Seasiders cut out final balls to Meireles, one of Liverpool's best players, on two occasions and after the break the brilliant Craig Cathcart got enough on his headed clearance to prevent Torres from planting into the net at the far post.

Kingson also played his part when he made a good low save to deny Dirk Kuyt's placed effort.

Having absorbed the Reds' limited pressure, Blackpool responded with what proved the winner.

The visitors' undoing was caused by a diagonal ball from the right which was nodded into the six-yard area by Ian Evatt and finished off by Campbell.

Blackpool thus achieved their first double over Liverpool since the 1946-47 season but more significantly they leapfrogged their opponents in the table with a game in hand.


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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackpool 2-1 Liverpool FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Taylor-Fletcher 12
  • Campbell 69
  • Torres 3

Blackpool

Substitutes

Liverpool

Substitutes

Ref: OliverAtt: 16,089
BLACKPOOL
LIVERPOOL

Possession

  • Blackpool 52%
  • Liverpool 48%

Attempts on target

  • Blackpool 9
  • Liverpool 6

Attempts off target

  • Blackpool 4
  • Liverpool 4

Corners

  • Blackpool 3
  • Liverpool 3

Fouls

  • Blackpool 6
  • Liverpool 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:14 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+2:48 Alex Baptiste delivers the ball, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Matt Phillips. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
  • 90:00+0:03 Foul by Raul Meireles on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:35 The ball is swung over by Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 86:50 Raul Meireles sends in a cross, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
  • 86:21 Matt Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 85:26 The ball is crossed by Jonjo Shelvey, save made by Richard Kingson.
  • 85:07 The offside flag is raised against Dudley Campbell. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
  • Correction - 84:27 Substitution David Ngog is brought on as a substitute for Christian Poulsen.
  • 84:27 Substitution Christian Poulsen goes off and David Ngog comes on.
  • Correction - 81:47 Charlie Adam challenges Raul Meireles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 81:47 Substitution Alex Baptiste joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • Correction - 81:47 Substitution Keith Southern on for Luke Varney.
  • 81:47 Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:47 Substitution Alex Baptiste is brought on as a substitute for Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 81:47 Substitution Keith Southern is brought on as a substitute for Luke Varney.
  • 81:47 Booking The referee shows Charlie Adam a yellow card.
  • 81:18 The ball is sent over by Matt Phillips, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 80:53 Raul Meireles sends in a cross, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
  • 78:44 Neal Eardley challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Raul Meireles from left channel, Craig Cathcart fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
  • 78:44 Booking Fernando Torres goes into the book.
  • 76:45 Effort from a long way out by Charlie Adam goes wide left of the net.
  • 75:56 Matt Phillips produces a cross.
  • 75:15 Substitution Jonjo Shelvey comes on in place of Dirk Kuyt.
  • 75:06 Centre by Milan Jovanovic, clearance by Ian Evatt.
  • 74:42 Centre by Milan Jovanovic, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:22 Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 73:56 Matt Phillips crosses the ball.
  • 72:49 Shot from just outside the area by Matt Phillips goes over the bar.
  • 72:12 The referee penalises Dudley Campbell for handball. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:56 Centre by Martin Kelly, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
  • 70:30 Fernando Torres delivers the ball, Headed effort on goal by Raul Meireles from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 68:46 Assist on the goal came from Ian Evatt.
  • 68:46 GOAL - Dudley CampbellBlackpool 2 - 1 Liverpool Dudley Campbell scores a headed goal from close in. Blackpool 2-1 Liverpool.
  • 67:59 Matt Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Agger. Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Fernando Torres makes a clearance.
  • 66:16 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the right by-line, clearance by Charlie Adam.
  • 65:57 Milan Jovanovic produces a cross, blocked by Neal Eardley.
  • 65:31 The ball is delivered by David Vaughan.
  • 64:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Charlie Adam. Ian Evatt restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:17 Raul Meireles has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 63:42 Substitution Elliot Grandin goes off and Matt Phillips comes on.
  • 62:42 The official flags Dudley Campbell offside. Christian Poulsen takes the free kick.
  • 60:52 Luke Varney challenges Martin Kelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Raul Meireles, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:39 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a save.
  • 59:30 A cross is delivered by Martin Kelly.
  • 56:37 The ball is delivered by Milan Jovanovic, Effort from deep inside the area by Fernando Torres clears the bar.
  • 55:19 The ball is delivered by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, David Vaughan takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save. Corner taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 55:03 Christian Poulsen takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
  • 54:38 Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 54:17 Luke Varney takes a shot. Daniel Agger gets a block in.
  • 52:57 Milan Jovanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neal Eardley. Neal Eardley takes the direct free kick.
  • 52:35 Glen Johnson challenges Gary Taylor-Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neal Eardley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:18 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Craig Cathcart gets a block in.
  • 50:50 The ball is sent over by Luke Varney, save by Jose Reina.
  • 50:23 Charlie Adam sends in a cross.
  • 49:12 Luke Varney decides to take the corner short.
  • 48:42 Unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
  • 48:15 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson.
  • 46:29 Martin Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 45:30 The ball is sent over by Leiva Lucas, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:11 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+0:40 Unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel by Dudley Campbell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 44:53 Centre by Dirk Kuyt, clearance by Neal Eardley. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles played to the near post, save by Richard Kingson.
  • 44:17 The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley.
  • 43:07 Handball by David Vaughan. The ball is swung over by Raul Meireles, Daniel Agger takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
  • 42:27 The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
  • 41:09 Raul Meireles delivers the ball, Neal Eardley makes a clearance.
  • 39:42 Martin Kelly fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • 37:38 The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 36:45 Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 36:40 The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres.
  • 35:22 The referee gives a free kick against Dudley Campbell for handball. Christian Poulsen takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:01 The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
  • 31:27 The ball is crossed by Milan Jovanovic, clearance by Craig Cathcart.
  • 30:40 Christian Poulsen challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Adam from right wing, save by Jose Reina.
  • 29:49 Gary Taylor-Fletcher produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 28:52 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Craig Cathcart. Foul by Fernando Torres on David Vaughan, free kick awarded. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.
  • 28:24 Charlie Adam takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 28:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Martin Kelly. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.
  • 28:06 Booking Martin Kelly receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 24:58 The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt.
  • 23:26 The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt. The referee gives a free kick against Milan Jovanovic for handball. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:26 Booking Caution for Milan Jovanovic.
  • 20:38 The ball is delivered by Luke Varney, save by Jose Reina.
  • Correction - 17:31 The referee blows for offside against Luke Varney. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:31 The referee blows for offside against Luke Varney. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 16:24 The referee blows for offside. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 14:05 Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Charlie Adam takes the free kick. The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley, Dudley Campbell has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 13:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
  • 13:24 Handball decision goes against Luke Varney. Christian Poulsen takes the direct free kick.
  • 11:25 Assist on the goal came from David Vaughan.
  • 11:25 GOAL - Gary Taylor-FletcherBlackpool 1 - 1 Liverpool Gary Taylor-Fletcher grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-1 Liverpool.
  • 10:45 Leiva Lucas is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
  • 10:22 The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey, save by Jose Reina.
  • 9:04 Raul Meireles produces a cross.
  • 8:47 Martin Kelly sends in a cross, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:53 Centre by Glen Johnson, save by Richard Kingson.
  • 4:35 Foul by Fernando Torres on Craig Cathcart, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
  • 2:14 The assist for the goal came from Martin Kelly.
  • 2:14 GOAL - Fernando TorresBlackpool 0 - 1 Liverpool Fernando Torres finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Liverpool.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Barclays Premier League results

12 Jan 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 12 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 20 24 44
2 Man City 22 17 42
3 Arsenal 21 20 40
4 Tottenham 21 6 36
5 Chelsea 21 17 35
6 Sunderland 22 3 33
7 Bolton 22 5 30
8 Newcastle 21 3 28
9 Blackpool 20 -4 28
10 Blackburn 22 -6 28
11 Stoke 21 0 27
12 Everton 21 -2 25
13 Liverpool 21 -4 25
14 Fulham 21 -2 22
15 Birmingham 20 -5 22
16 West Brom 21 -13 22
17 Wolves 21 -13 21
18 Aston Villa 21 -15 21
19 Wigan 21 -15 21
20 West Ham 22 -16 20

see also
Holloway delighted with Liverpool double
12 Jan 11 |  Blackpool
Players showed they care - Dalglish
12 Jan 11 |  Liverpool
Wednesday's football as it happened
12 Jan 11 |  Football
Liverpool need belief - Dalglish
12 Jan 11 |  Premier League



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