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BBC Five Live's Steve Wilson
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Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier:
"It was a good Liverpool performance"
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Leicester City manager Peter Taylor:
"We need a touch more belief before we enter the field"
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Saturday, 21 October, 2000, 16:22 GMT
Foxes shot down by Reds' Heskey

Robbie Savage and Sami Hyypia clash
Liverpool 1-0 Leicester City

Emile Heskey continued his impressive form by scoring the only goal against his old club, as Liverpool ended a run of three straight home defeats against Leicester City.

It was little more than Gerard Houllier's side deserved, especially after a first half in which they peppered Tim Flowers' goal.

Heskey, who had struck the bar earlier on, finally broke Leicester's typically stubborn resistance after 69 minutes, to move the Reds into third place in the table.

Leicester, who had won on their last three visits to Anfield, should have opened the scoring after just two minutes when Gary Rowett was allowed a free header from Muzzy Izzet's cross, but he headed straight at Sander Westerveld from close range.

Matt Elliott and Emile Heskey
Heskey battles with former team-mate Matt Elliott
Liverpool's first chance came after six minutes when two ex-Leicester players might have done better. Gary McAllister's interception set up a break, but after exchanging passes with Heskey he shot straight at Tim Flowers, who also saved Heskey's follow-up.

Heskey was caught by a late tackle from Phil Gilchrist after 14 minutes, earning the defender a booking and, seconds later, he put Nicky Barmby through, but the England international curled his shot just wide.


Emile has pace and power, and all he needs to do now is start believing in himself. He can really achieve more than he does
  Gerard Houllier, Liverpool

Heskey continued to impress, out-muscling three defenders to set up Robbie Fowler after 20 minutes, but he was denied a goal on his return by a remarkable goal-line clearance from Rowett.

And the rampant Heskey was denied by the woodwork after 25 minutes - the first time this season Liverpool have hit either post or crossbar - after meeting Fowler's through ball with a rasping drive.

Leicester were finding it hard to retain possession in the face of some committed Liverpool pressing, and another neat move minutes later culminated with Flowers turning behind Patrik Berger's drive.

Robbie Fowler
Fowler was denied by a goal-line clearance
He was called into action again after 32 minutes' diving to deny McAllister, while another Berger special flew just wide in the next attack.

Liverpool were unable to penetrate the Leicester rearguard as frequently in the second half, as they were faced with a wall of blue across midfield.


Gary Rowett had a great chance in the first few minutes, and we could easily have got something when we threw everything at them towards the end
  Peter Taylor, Leicester

Indeed, Peter Taylor's side had the best of the chances early on: Andy Impey came close twice in quick succession as the impressive Darren Eadie sent two dangerous crosses in from the left , but Impey was unable to apply the requisite touch.

Liverpool were being frustrated by a well-drilled side, but they did break through after 67 minutes, only for Heskey to pull his shot wide.

And the in-form striker hit his fourth goal in two games two minutes later. He looked second favourite to reach Markus Babbel's teasing cross, but stole in at the far post to steer the ball past a stranded Flowers.

Flowers atoned twice in the final minutes as Heskey squandered two gilt-edged chances to kill off the game; twice hitting straight at the 'keeper when clean through.

However, Liverpool were almost denied victory in the final seconds as Westerveld saved superbly from Izzet and Gilchrist bundled his shot wide under pressure from Babbel.


Liverpool: Westerveld, Ziege, Babbel, Heskey, Fowler, Hyypia, Berger, Hamann, Gerrard, Barmby, McAllister.
Subs: Henchoz, Smicer, Murphy, Arphexad, Carragher.

Leicester: Flowers, Rowett, Izzet, Lennon, R. Savage, Eadie, Davidson, Gilchrist, Elliott, Cresswell, Impey.
Subs: Sinclair, Guppy, Royce, Oakes, Akinbiyi.

Referee: A D'Urso (Billericay)

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