Liverpool beat Fulham

2011-01-27 07:18

London - Liverpool clinched a gritty 1-0 victory over Fulham on Wednesday to hand Kenny Dalglish his first home win since returning to Anfield for his second spell as manager.

It took a scrappy 52nd minute own goal from John Pantsil, who sliced the ball into his own net after Fernando Torres shot deflected off the post, to secure the three points and Liverpool's second consecutive Premier League win after the weekend victory over lowly Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The win lifted Liverpool to seventh in the standings with 32 points.

"We will take anything as any club will do," manager Dalglish told Sky Sports. "At times we played good football and deserved the bounce of the ball.

"I have seen three games and that is one of the few games we have had a little bit of good fortune."

Liverpool could have taken an early lead when a rejuvenated Torres latched onto a pass from Raul Meireles and poked it into the net only to be pulled back by the linesman's flag.

While Fulham keeper David Stockdale made fine saves to deny Meireles from eight yards and a long-range effort from Glen Johnson in a first half largely dominated by the Reds.

But after taking the lead, Dalglish's side failed to press home their advantage and allowed the visitors to maintain a foothold in the game.

Fulham pressed hard in the closing minutes and should have levelled when Moussa Dembele saw a shot from eight yards scrambled away by Reds keeper Pepe Reina.

"I think Fulham might feel a bit of injustice and feel they should have got something from the game," Dalglish added.

"I think in the first half we had six good chances and one chalked off that was really onside.

"But the lads put in a great effort and threw their bodies on the line because they didn't want to lose a goal and they have worked hard all season."


  • Bob - 2011-01-27 08:01

    Wonderful stuff, the true reds are on their way back, King Kenny will bring back the glory days and the pride that is LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB.

  • goat - 2011-01-27 09:32

    Please one lucky own goal!!!

      Bob - 2011-01-27 10:20

      And one perfectly good goal ruled offside, even we deserve a little bit of luck, did you know if the game of football lasted 90 minutes Man Utd's trophy cabinet would be empty, that's how many lucky goals they get, usually deep into injury time.

      Diva - 2011-01-27 10:27

      GOAT, you must be Manchester Supporter:(

      Paul - 2011-01-27 10:30

      and one great perfectly disallowed goal! Our football is ever improving. Defence is solid Agger has really impressed me. I was so pissed of with Jonson, but I must say he had his best game for us Yesterday. Our only weakness is Kuyt, lost the ball quite a few times and lacks pace for his position. Let's have some young lad from the reserves given a chance like Senna, Suso or Ince. YNWA

      Albo - 2011-01-27 11:33

      @Bob - LOL, another sour loser. We`ve scored 51 goals already this season, all "usually deep into injury time" - I think not. This is becoming tiresome form the Loserfools - "the ref`s on your side" / "lucky goals" etc... You guys should stop worrying about UTD and rather concentrate your efforts in staying in the EP.

      A(N)ON - 2011-01-27 13:04

      @ Bob, the game is played over 90 minutes - stoppage time added is actually the officials view of what time should be added for any undue stoppages in the game. There is a difference between elapsed time and playing time - in rugby games e.g. the clock is stopped when there is no play (injuries etc) and 80 minutes is 80 actual minutes of playing time and not 80 elapsed minutes. For football the clock runs irrespective of whether there is play or not and time has to be added on at the end to account for this. This time add is done by the 4th official. In any event, both teams play over the the match duration so realistically both teams have an equal opportunity of scoring. If ManU can do so more frequently than the opposition then it is a demonstration of their endurance, quality and desire to win - tough luck to the opposition.

  • TRUE Red - 2011-01-27 09:36

    while we won, i didn't really celebrate. I know, i know, a win is a win, but I just hate scrappy results Footie is a funny game - when the game started, we were flying, playing beautiful ball - Torres scored a beauty & the idiot lineman calls it offside when it was nowehere even NEAR offside ! Even the commentators said it was a clear goal, before even watching the replay. How do these guy's get the job ? Then, as the game goes on, it get's scrappy, and we nick an own goal - i know which one i preferred & credit to Fulham who gave us a hell of a game Anyway, as King Kenny & Stevie said afterward, 7th is a whole lot better than where we were a few weeks ago, but let's not get carried away & let's not forget we are LFC, we should be higher up anyway ! For the 1st time under KK, i was concerned last night. Kuyt was just SHYT, AGAIN ! Glad KK took him off, but we relying on a teenager for cover (Shelvey). Skrtel, while not bad, lacks the 110% concentration a central defender requires & Carra is far from recovered - and we play Stoke next, who will bully him in the air. Stevie needs a decent partner in midfield - the Poulsen's / Lucas's, despite their effort, are not Top 4 starting 11 quality. Squad player's at best. Charlie Adam would be the perfect buy, and doesn't cost a fortune - make it happen owner's ! Loving the Raul / Torres partnership - looks promising, but we need to build from the back IMO Y N W A !

      Bob - 2011-01-27 10:22

      Good post TR, yes we still got a long way to go, at least now I believe the light at the end of the tunnel is not the headlight of the Train coming to run us over.

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