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Liverpool   1 - 1   Wigan

Steve Gohouri (second left) is congratulated after scoring
Gohouri (second left) is congratulated after scoring Wigan's equaliser

By Phil Dawkes

Liverpool's resurgence under Kenny Dalglish was dealt a setback as struggling Wigan battled to a deserved draw at Anfield.

The home side led at the break thanks to Raul Meireles' volley - his fourth goal in his last five matches.

But Wigan fought back and equalised when Steve Gohouri prodded in Antolin Alcaraz's flick on at the far post.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was twice denied a goal by the woodwork on his first start for the club.

The Uruguyan's selection signalled a more adventurous Liverpool formation to the one that employed a heavily loaded midfield and a three-man defence in a successful contain and capitalise operation at Chelsea last Sunday.

It was a system designed to dominate their struggling opponents but, despite coming into the game full of confidence off the back of four successive wins, they were unable to do so.

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This may be partly due to the absence of midfield driving-force Steven Gerrard, who missed the game because of the thigh injury that caused him to sit out England's international win in Denmark on Wednesday.

The chief reason though was the performance of Wigan, who adopted a similar philosophy to that used to such good effect by their hosts in London six days ago.

Wigan's performance was a battling one - which should give them heart in their quest to avoid the drop - but it also showcased enough fluency and ability to make one wonder why even with this point they remain in the relegation zone, albeit only on goal difference.

The Latics began the game well, looking composed with the lion's share of possession, without creating anything of meaning to hurt the home side.

In contrast, when Liverpool came forward they looked more threatening, and it was they who had the first goalbound effort courtesy of Dirk Kuyt's 25-yard drive, which Ali Al-Habsi saved.

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The home side were growing as a force soon after they went ahead when Fabio Aurelio's cross from the left was deflected to Meireles by the attempted headed clearance of Gohouri, and the Portuguese midfielder lashed a volley past Al-Habsi.

Suarez almost doubled the lead soon after, but after jinking in from the left, his curling effort struck the far post and went wide.

Wigan refused to wilt though and continued as a threat in the game, although Charles N'Zogbia's 25-yard free-kick - easily gathered by Reina - was their only effort on target before the break.

The visitors would fashion the first chance of the second half, and it was one from which they should have scored, but Hugo Rodallega put his first-time side-foot effort wide after being found at the near post by Victor Moses.

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The miss did not dishearten them though and with 65 minutes gone they got a deserved but controversial equaliser.

N'Zogbia's inswinging cross from the right was flicked on by the head of Antolin Alcaraz and then prodded in at the back-post by Gohouri.

The defender appeared to be in an offside position when Alcaraz made contact but the linesman's flag stayed down.

It was the first goal Liverpool had conceded in over seven hours of football, since Jermaine Beckford's strike for Everton in the 2-2 draw at Anfield on 16 January.

Sensing their first lost points since that Merseyside derby, Liverpool pressed for a winner and they were inches away when Suarez struck the bar with a 20-yard free-kick.

Aurelio fired over from 20 yards and Martin Skrtel headed over from a corner late on but Wigan were able to hold out.

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Saturday, 12 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 1-1 Wigan FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Meireles 24
  • Gohouri 65

Liverpool

Substitutes

Wigan

Substitutes

Ref: FriendAtt: 44,609
LIVERPOOL
WIGAN

Possession

  • Liverpool 54%
  • Wigan 46%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 5
  • Wigan 2

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 8
  • Wigan 6

Corners

  • Liverpool 8
  • Wigan 5

Fouls

  • Liverpool 11
  • Wigan 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:16 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+1:23 Milan Jovanovic fouled by Tom Cleverley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Milan Jovanovic.
  • 90:00+0:17 Corner from the left by-line taken by Fabio Aurelio, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Martin Skrtel goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 89:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Maynor Figueroa on David Ngog. Fabio Aurelio takes the free kick.
  • 88:15 Glen Johnson produces a cross, save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 87:19 Fabio Aurelio produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 85:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Mohamed Diame. Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
  • 83:04 Effort on goal by Luis Suarez from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 81:41 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabio Aurelio, clearance made by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 81:14 Glen Johnson takes a shot. James McArthur gets a block in.
  • 80:17 Antolin Alcaraz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Direct free kick taken by Fabio Aurelio.
  • 77:57 Unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel by Hugo Rodallega results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 77:24 Foul by Milan Jovanovic on Gary Caldwell, free kick awarded. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
  • 76:51 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabio Aurelio from the right by-line, Steve Gohouri makes a clearance.
  • 75:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez has a direct shot on goal from the free kick,
  • 74:21 Hugo Rodallega has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
  • 73:13 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 71:52 Substitution Dirk Kuyt goes off and Milan Jovanovic comes on.
  • 71:52 Substitution James McArthur comes on in place of Ben Watson.
  • 70:00 Booking Gary Caldwell booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 69:57 Gary Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Rodriguez Maxi has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 68:54 Ben Watson fouled by David Ngog, the ref awards a free kick. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
  • 68:08 Tom Cleverley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabio Aurelio. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • 66:06 Substitution Tom Cleverley replaces Victor Moses.
  • Correction - 64:31 Assist on the goal came from Antolin Alcaraz.
  • 64:31 Assist by Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 64:31 GOAL - Steve GohouriLiverpool 1 - 1 Wigan Steve Gohouri grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Wigan.
  • 63:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Jamie Carragher. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Watson from left channel, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:53 Booking Jamie Carragher booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 63:22 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 63:22 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 62:44 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 60:46 Maynor Figueroa concedes a free kick for a foul on David Ngog. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
  • 58:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Luis Suarez. Fabio Aurelio fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 58:47 Booking The referee shows Antolin Alcaraz a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 57:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Ngog on Ben Watson. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
  • 56:46 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabio Aurelio, clearance by Steve Gohouri.
  • 55:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Mohamed Diame. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.
  • 54:17 The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt.
  • 53:25 Substitution David Ngog replaces Raul Meireles.
  • 51:50 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 51:11 Shot from outside the box by Victor Moses goes wide right of the target.
  • 49:24 Glen Johnson sends in a cross.
  • 47:18 Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
  • 47:07 The ball is crossed by Victor Moses, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
  • 46:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher by Hugo Rodallega. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
  • 45:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Diame on Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Fabio Aurelio.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:47 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+1:14 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ben Watson, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 45:00+1:02 The ball is sent over by Steve Gohouri, Martin Kelly makes a clearance.
  • 44:09 Jamie Carragher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ben Watson from left wing, save by Jose Reina.
  • 42:35 Charles N'Zogbia fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Charles N'Zogbia, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 42:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Raul Meireles on Ben Watson. Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:39 Raul Meireles concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia. Antolin Alcaraz takes the free kick.
  • 37:03 Corner from the right by-line taken by Fabio Aurelio, Steve Gohouri makes a clearance.
  • 36:33 Shot from outside the box by Victor Moses goes wide right of the target.
  • 35:37 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Fabio Aurelio.
  • 31:16 Raul Meireles takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the net.
  • 29:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Gohouri on Luis Suarez. Fabio Aurelio takes the free kick.
  • 29:44 Booking Steve Gohouri goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 28:33 Maynor Figueroa sends in a cross, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
  • 28:06 The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
  • 26:17 Luis Suarez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box and strikes the post.
  • 25:16 The official flags Hugo Rodallega offside. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 24:24 Victor Moses concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • 23:04 GOAL - Raul MeirelesLiverpool 1 - 0 Wigan A goal is scored by Raul Meireles from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Wigan.
  • 22:54 Martin Kelly sends in a cross, Steve Gohouri makes a clearance.
  • 21:09 Corner taken by Ben Watson from the left by-line, clearance made by Dirk Kuyt.
  • 18:55 Hugo Rodallega gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 18:07 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a comfortable save.
  • 16:34 Fabio Aurelio sends in a cross, clearance made by Ben Watson.
  • 14:50 Steve Gohouri challenges Dirk Kuyt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Raul Meireles, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 12:56 Effort on goal by Hugo Rodallega from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 12:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabio Aurelio on Steve Gohouri. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 11:13 The assistant referee flags for offside against Charles N'Zogbia. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:20 Charles N'Zogbia produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 7:21 Hugo Rodallega produces a cross, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
  • 4:44 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance.
  • 3:58 The official flags Hugo Rodallega offside. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • 3:11 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Raul Meireles, save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 2:23 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ben Watson, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
  • 1:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Martin Skrtel. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from right wing, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
  • 0:08 Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Fabio Aurelio from right wing, Ben Watson makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 12 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 26 32 57
2 Arsenal 26 29 53
3 Man City 27 19 49
4 Tottenham 26 9 47
5 Chelsea 25 24 44
6 Liverpool 27 3 39
7 Sunderland 27 0 37
8 Bolton 26 -1 33
9 Stoke 26 -2 33
10 Newcastle 26 2 32
11 Blackburn 27 -8 32
12 Fulham 26 0 30
13 Everton 25 -1 30
14 Birmingham 25 -8 30
15 Aston Villa 27 -15 30
16 Blackpool 26 -11 29
17 West Brom 26 -17 27
18 Wigan 27 -18 27
19 West Ham 27 -18 25
20 Wolves 26 -19 24

see also
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