UK time is: 20:36:32
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Liverpool 2 - Wigan Athletic 1

Anfield

16/12/09

Attendance: 41,116

Liverpool 2-1 Latics

On a night of the ghost of managers past an old ghost undid the Latics as once again defensive frailties led to their demise against a Liverpool side that were there for the taking.


Shankly night at Anfield was a bitterly cold one and not wanting to hang about Liverpool came out of the blocks the fastest with Benayoun creating worries down the Latics left and it was from this side that the first goal came on nine minutes.

Liverpool full back Fabio Aurelio was allowed time to swing over a cross and plumped it on the Latics six yard box where David Ngog out jumped an advancing Kirkland who`s tame effort to punch the ball showed the keeper appears to be anxious about protecting his back and for the second time in two games the Latics conceded through poor defensive play.

Going behind seemed to inject some urgency into Martinez` men and almost immediately they should have been level only for an unmarked Paul Scharner steaming in at the far post to head straight into the arms of Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina


Both sides had chances before the half ran out and Kirkland produced a great save to keep a Kuyt effort out just before the interval.

Jason Scotland was thrown into the mix just before the hour and he should have put the Latics on level terms when following a challenge on Reina by Scharner the ball fell to him six yards out with the goal at his mercy, instead of calmly rolling the ball over the line he smashed it left footed onto the crossbar and over, when will he ever score?

The Latics were made to pay for this miss, Fernando Torres was introduced to wild adulation from the home supporters and his love affair with Liverpool continued as he caught out a static defence with a break-away goal, rounding Kirkland and being allowed two stabs to flick the ball home following good cover back by Bramble who cleared the first effort but couldn`t manage to get Torres` second attempt away.


Charles N`Zogbia hit a splendid solo goal for the Latics two minutes into stoppage time, he went past four Liverpool defenders before hitting a lovely shot into the bottom corner form 18 yards, too little too late, Liverpool were there for the taking and a combination of poor defending and equally poor finishing let us down again.

The Bolton game now is very much a must win one.

Shankly Tribute






Why Not Share






Bookmark and Share




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 17 2009

Time: 10:47AM

Your Comments

A bit more guile required
worbo
I don't know if the Bolton game is MUST win.
robin
I believe it is a MUST win or we will be bordering the drop line
wiganlatics09
We were poor
Zakidaman
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Whittleblue 212
2. worbo 150
3. scotdave 137
4. hindleymonwafc 133
5. russialatic 127
6. Pauvre Jean 119
7. Jonny_SuffolkLatic 116
8. albert jckson 97
9. Oscarbon 96
10. loudmouthblue 91

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 1 - 1 Middlesbrough
Bolton 3 - 1 Wigan
Brighton 1 - 0 Wigan
Wigan 3 - 3 Fulham
Derby County 1 - 2 Wigan
Wigan 0 - 0 Millwall

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Millwall 18 4 7 7 -5 19
19. Birmingham 18 4 7 7 -14 19
20. Brighton 18 3 9 6 -3 18
21. Rotherham 18 4 6 8 -10 18
22. Wigan 18 3 8 7 -4 17
23. Bolton 17 5 2 10 -7 17
24. Blackpool 17 1 4 12 -18 7

Breaking League News

Former players shipped out on loan deadline day
Leeds Utd : 27/11/2014 20:33:00
Ajose - I have wanted to leave for three months
Leeds Utd : 27/11/2014 20:00:00
McCarthy critices Cellino after signing Noel Hunt
Leeds Utd : 27/11/2014 19:44:00
Duo Head Out On Loan
Millwall : 27/11/2014 19:21:00
Duo Leave On Loan
Brighton : 27/11/2014 19:15:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the Match v Boro
Suggested By:  Colin Crompton
Scott Carson 2%
Emmerson Boyce 0%
Ivan Ramis 3%
Leon Barnett 0%
Andrew Taylor 0%
Chris McCann 37%
Adam Forshaw 11%
Roger Espinoza 3%
Shaun Maloney 44%
Callum McManaman 0%
Marc-Antoine Fortune 0%