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Stoke extend Liverpool hoodoo

2011-09-10 18:21

Stoke - Kenny Dalglish was condemned to his first defeat of the season after Jon Walters extended Stoke's remarkable hoodoo over Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium.

A 21st-minute penalty from Walters was enough for Stoke to preserve their own unbeaten record this season and secure their fourth successive home game against their opponents without defeat.

Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios both made their debuts for Stoke but it was the man whose place looks under jeopardy who delivered the hammer blow to his home town.

Born ten miles away from Anfield in Merseyside, Walters won and scored the spot kick that only served to keep the feel-good factor buzzing around the Potteries.

Liverpool and Stoke were two of the biggest, and most successful, spenders in the transfer window, with Dalglish and Tony Pulis forking out nearly 80 million between them this summer.

But despite the vast outlay by Dalglish he still cannot find the formula for Liverpool to win at the Britannia Stadium.

This was their fourth trip in the Premier League and Walters's goal was enough to send them back to Merseyside contemplating another defeat.

Liverpool's resurgence since their last visit to the Britannia Stadium has been remarkable. On that rainy November night Roy Hodgson suffered another chastening experience as his side were swatted aside after a timid performance.

But under Dalglish they are now a different proposition and they went toe to toe with Stoke's streetfighters in a scrappy opening.

There is a steely resilience to the new-look Liverpool but after 20 minutes their determination to match the abrasive approach of their opponents went too far when Jamie Carragher foolishly hauled down Walters in the area.

Walters picked himself up to emphatically power the penalty past Jose Reina.

That setback robbed Liverpool of their early verve and vigour, even though Luis Suarez was a constant menace in the first half and the Uruguay international created an opening for Martin Skrtel nine minutes before half-time but the defender blazed horribly wide.

Suarez then manufactured an opportunity for himself out of nothing, turning Matthew Upson in the area before shooting straight at Asmir Begovic.

Liverpool were dominant in the early stages of the second half and were denied an equaliser on the hour by the brilliance of Begovic.

The Bosnia international produced a stunning hat-trick of saves to deny Jordan Henderson twice and then Charlie Adam as the hosts clung valiantly onto their lead.

Referee Mark Clattenburg piled the agony on the visitors when he waved away late penalty claims, even though Matthew Upson appeared to handle Luis Suarez's cross.

AFP

Comments
  • Man U - 2011-09-12 08:27

    Hmmmm, Bob: Fergie's ref officiated this game? Let the excuses begin!

      TRUE Red - 2011-09-12 09:23

      dodgy decisions WILL happen over the course of the season. Saturday 2 important ones didn't go our way, but sure we'll get some luck later, so nothing you can do but try to be more clinical infront of goal when you are dominating like that. By the way, superb performance from your team, well done !

      Man U - 2011-09-12 09:30

      Thanks True Red!! Even though we have our differences (From our other threads) I must say you do display sportsmanship unlike other Pool supporters! Yes, Utd played well, but i remember Chelsea last season starting like a house on fire and faded big time after Oct / Nov! Hope we don't get too over confident as follow that pattern. And agree with yoou again, football is like that, you get some and you lose some decisions. How you pick yourself up after those dodgy decisions is the difference. Hard luck on the Stoke match!

      TRUE Red - 2011-09-12 09:50

      I don't think you guy's will have the fading away problem - Fergie is too experienced for that to happen. The big games will be key though in my opinion, starting this weekend. But based on current form, and the fact that it's 1st round at OT, I think you guy's will beat Chelski Thanks, and very true - stangely, like Kenny said, the best 1-0 loss ever, as we played very well, so not too disappointed :-)

      Bob - 2011-09-12 11:30

      Man U, you guessed right, defo one of blueys refs, no excuses we should have buried the game, unfortunate that young Henderson was the player put thru on a one to one situ and he froze, I'm still full of it for this season and Cappie returning soon, that will be like signing Messie, happy days are here again.

      A(N)ON - 2011-09-12 11:35

      Haha Stevie G being compared to Messi? Well in the land of the blind...

      Bob - 2011-09-13 16:27

      Anon, like many you have forgotten just how good an inform and fit Stevie G is, he may not have the tight skills of Messie but for what he brings to the game I'll take Stevie G anyday over any other midfielder in the World, anyway don't listen to me watch him 1st hand in a couple of weeks, pure magic.

  • TRUE Red - 2011-09-12 09:19

    Anyone who watched the game will see we actually totally outplayed Stoke. Over 60% possesion away, against a team we use to struggle physically against. I think something like 15 shots ON TARGET, versus like 2 for Stoke. BUT, they got the one that mattered, and defended superbly, so credit to them. A couple of NON Lfc supporter's told me how unlucky we were, which I think says it all. We gave away a 50/50 penalty, but were not given a clear one at the end ? Anyway, these things happen, and nothing you can do We can take encouragement from the performance though - just need to take our chances better i feel

  • RitzRSi - 2011-09-12 11:51

    Csn LFC get rid of LUCAS LEIVA pleasssseeeeeeeeeeeeeee

      Bob - 2011-09-13 16:19

      Ritz, you must be a manure fan if you want Liverpool to get rid of Lucas, he wasn't my favourite for a long time but he has become one of if not the best defensive midfielders in the EPL.

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