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Liverpool   1 - 0   Fulham

A messy own goal from John Pantsil gave Liverpool the lead against Fulham
An own goal from Pantsil (on ground) gave Liverpool the win over Fulham

By Mandeep Sanghera

Liverpool clung on for a scrappy victory against Fulham as they moved up to seventh in the Premier League.

The Reds went ahead on 52 minutes when a Fernando Torres strike was deflected against the post and John Pantsil sliced a clearance into his own net.

Fulham belatedly came out of their shell and had a Brede Hangeland header cleared off the goal-line.

And a point-blank save late on by Reds keeper Pepe Reina from Moussa Dembele helped secure victory for Liverpool.

The home side may have had to endure a nervous finish as Fulham produced their late rally but the Reds maintain the impetus, although maybe not the improvement in play, that manager Kenny Dalglish has engineered since taking over.

Dalglish sees signs of progress

It was the Scot's second win in five games and will have Reds fans looking up the Premier League table towards the European spots rather than over their shoulders at the relegation zone.

Fulham, who had looked comfortable for the most part, do not have that luxury as they lie four points from the bottom three after a game in which both teams struggled to find their passing game or rhythm.

Dalglish masterminded a 10-0 win over Fulham in 1986 in his first spell in charge as Liverpool manager and he almost got the perfect start as he renewed rivalries with the London club.

Raul Meireles slid a weighted ball through for Torres to control and slot past Cottagers' keeper David Stockdale, only for the assistant referee to rule the goal offside in a questionable decision.

Stockdale might have been beaten on that occasion but the 25-year-old, who had not been on the losing side in his previous eight first-team outings for Fulham this season, excelled as he played a big part in keeping his side level at Anfield.

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The threatening Reds right-back Martin Kelly drove in a cross and a steered header from Meireles seemed destined for the bottom corner before the Fulham stopper palmed the ball wide at full stretch.

Stockdale also saved a 20-yard Steven Gerrard strike before he excellently tipped a well-struck Glen Johnson effort, after the defender had cut in from the left, over the bar.

The visitors had grown into their task of nullifying Liverpool and almost benefited when two chances came their way in quick succession.

Fulham forward Clint Dempsey intercepted a Kelly pass and had a left-foot drive parried by Reina before the ball was cleared.

Almost immediately, former Everton forward Andrew Johnson pulled a ball back from the by-line for the unmarked Dembele, who could only shoot straight at Reina from close range as a glorious chance went begging.

Hughes bemused by Liverpool luck

The defences appeared to have the upper hand as both teams lacked urgency, but the home side eventually broke the deadlock in scrappy style.

A Torres shot was deflected on to the post by centre-back Hangeland and, in the ensuing melee, Pantsil sliced an attempted clearance into his own net.

Dempsey had a volley from a Pantsil cross saved by Reina and ex-Reds midfielder Danny Murphy sent a free-kick wide for the visitors but Fulham struggled to break down the Liverpool defence.

The visitors threw centre-back Hangeland forward and the move almost paid off when he met a corner with a firm header which beat Reina, only to be cleared off the goal-line by Meireles.

The Cottagers again went close when Dempsey nodded down a Murphy free-kick for Dembele, whose snapshot was again saved by Reina as the Reds dug in to secure victory and extend Fulham's run to 30 games without a win at Anfield.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 1-0 Fulham FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Pantsil (og) 52

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Ref: ProbertAtt: 40,466
    LIVERPOOL
    FULHAM

    Possession

    • Liverpool 54%
    • Fulham 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Liverpool 7
    • Fulham 8

    Attempts off target

    • Liverpool 4
    • Fulham 4

    Corners

    • Liverpool 6
    • Fulham 2

    Fouls

    • Liverpool 11
    • Fulham 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:19 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+1:19 The ball is swung over by Moussa Dembele, clearance by Daniel Agger.
    • 89:52 Moussa Dembele concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 86:31 Raul Meireles challenges Danny Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Danny Murphy, Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
    • 85:51 The ball is swung over by Andrew Johnson, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.
    • 84:43 The ball is crossed by John Pantsil, clearance made by Raul Meireles.
    • 83:47 Fabio Aurelio takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Sidwell.
    • 83:04 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line to the near post, Andrew Johnson manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:07 Corner from the right by-line taken by Clint Dempsey, Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Raul Meireles gets a block in.
    • Correction - 80:21 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy, Aaron Hughes takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
    • 80:21 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, Header from close in by Aaron Hughes misses to the right of the target.
    • Correction - 79:28 Fernando Torres is ruled offside. David Stockdale takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 79:28 Substitution Fabio Aurelio replaces Christian Poulsen.
    • 79:28 Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 79:28 Substitution Fabio Aurelio is brought on as a substitute for Christian Poulsen.
    • 78:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil by Rodriguez Maxi. Direct free kick taken by John Pantsil.
    • 78:07 Jonjo Shelvey is ruled offside. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:46 Clint Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
    • 75:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Brede Hangeland. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
    • 75:09 Steven Gerrard delivers the ball.
    • 74:28 Foul by Brede Hangeland on Raul Meireles, free kick awarded. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.
    • 74:09 Foul by Raul Meireles on Andrew Johnson, free kick awarded. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
    • 73:28 Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by John Pantsil.
    • 73:07 Zoltan Gera delivers the ball, Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
    • 72:57 The ball is swung over by Zoltan Gera, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
    • 71:27 Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
    • 68:32 John Pantsil challenges Daniel Agger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:32 Booking John Pantsil is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 65:54 Substitution Jonjo Shelvey on for Dirk Kuyt.
    • 64:46 Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Danny Murphy has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 63:07 Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:07 Substitution Damien Duff leaves the field to be replaced by Zoltan Gera.
    • 60:12 Effort from outside the penalty box by Clint Dempsey goes wide right of the target.
    • 58:39 The offside flag is raised against Dirk Kuyt. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:12 A cross is delivered by John Pantsil, Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
    • 56:07 Damien Duff fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Damien Duff crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 54:19 Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Christian Poulsen results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 51:32 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Fernando Torres challenges Aaron Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
    • Correction - 51:32 GOAL - John PantsilLiverpool 1 - 0 Fulham John Pantsil puts the ball into his own goal from 6 yards. Liverpool 1-0 Fulham.
    • 51:32 Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from just outside the area that bounces off the post. Unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes by Fernando Torres results in a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
    • 51:32 GOAL - John PantsilLiverpool 1 - 0 Fulham John Pantsil puts the ball into his own net from 6 yards. Liverpool 1-0 Fulham.
    • 50:21 Steven Gerrard produces a cross, Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Steve Sidwell gets a block in.
    • 49:36 Glen Johnson produces a cross.
    • 48:44 Christian Poulsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:14 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+0:34 A cross is delivered by Martin Kelly, Fernando Torres has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
    • 43:22 Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
    • 41:21 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 41:05 Centre by Martin Kelly, Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Blocked by John Pantsil.
    • 41:05 The ball is sent over by Martin Kelly, Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. John Pantsil gets a block in.
    • 39:51 Left-footed shot by Daniel Agger went wide left of the goal.
    • 38:45 Steven Gerrard fouled by Steve Sidwell, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.
    • 36:06 Handball by Andrew Johnson. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:43 John Pantsil challenges Rodriguez Maxi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rodriguez Maxi.
    • 32:55 The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
    • 31:59 Moussa Dembele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Poulsen. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
    • 31:02 The ball is sent over by John Pantsil, clearance made by Martin Kelly.
    • 30:26 Clint Dempsey delivers the ball, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.
    • 28:53 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
    • 28:25 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 26:17 Centre by Martin Kelly, Damien Duff makes a clearance.
    • 25:08 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
    • 24:46 Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.
    • 22:34 Andrew Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
    • 21:45 Centre by Damien Duff, clearance by Daniel Agger.
    • 21:28 The ball is sent over by Danny Murphy, save by Jose Reina.
    • 20:25 Steve Sidwell fouled by Christian Poulsen, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 18:03 Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodriguez Maxi. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
    • 17:08 Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, clearance made by John Pantsil.
    • 16:51 Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
    • 16:06 Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Rodriguez Maxi.
    • 14:59 A cross is delivered by Moussa Dembele, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
    • 14:21 Shot by Fernando Torres from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 13:41 Short corner worked by Steven Gerrard.
    • 13:35 A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:53 The ball is swung over by Martin Kelly, Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.
    • 10:15 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Martin Skrtel has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 9:55 Martin Kelly sends in a cross, Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.
    • 9:40 The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.
    • 7:52 The referee blows for offside against Dirk Kuyt. David Stockdale takes the free kick.
    • 7:27 Christian Poulsen fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:29 The official flags Fernando Torres offside. David Stockdale takes the free kick.
    • 2:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Andrew Johnson. The ball is sent over by Danny Murphy, Headed effort from inside the area by Aaron Hughes misses to the right of the goal.
    • 1:15 The ball is delivered by Chris Baird, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    26 Jan 2011 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 26 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 23 30 51
    2 Arsenal 23 26 46
    3 Man City 24 17 45
    4 Chelsea 23 23 41
    5 Tottenham 23 6 38
    6 Sunderland 24 4 37
    7 Liverpool 24 0 32
    8 Blackburn 24 -6 31
    9 Newcastle 23 3 30
    10 Stoke 23 0 30
    11 Bolton 24 -1 30
    12 Blackpool 23 -7 28
    13 Aston Villa 24 -13 28
    14 Everton 23 -2 27
    15 Fulham 24 -1 26
    16 West Brom 23 -14 25
    17 Birmingham 22 -10 23
    18 Wigan 24 -19 22
    19 Wolves 23 -17 21
    20 West Ham 24 -19 21

    see also
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