English Premiership

Liverpool end Palace jinx

2015-02-14 22:19
Daniel Sturridge (AP)

London - Liverpool claimed a first victory at Selhurst Park in seven attempts to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, coming from behind to win 2-1 against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool's Premier League title challenge ran aground in a 3-3 draw at Palace last season and they lost 3-1 there in November, so they had reason to fear when Fraizer Campbell netted a 15th-minute opener.

But the half-time introduction of Mario Balotelli tipped the tie in the visitors' favour and after Daniel Sturridge equalised, Adam Lallana scored in the 58th-minute to give Liverpool a first win at Palace since 1997.

"After we scored, I thought we were very good. We had 15 efforts on goal in the first half, but we weren't aggressive enough," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told BT Sport.

"I wanted us to keep the width on the pitch. We changed it around at half-time and it worked well for us."

With captain Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling injured and young winger Jordon Ibe cup-tied, Rodgers brought Lallana and Joe Allen into his starting XI.

Palace manager Alan Pardew scored a famous semi-final winner against Liverpool as a player in 1990 and he had another goal against the seven-time winners to celebrate when Campbell broke the deadlock.

Martin Skrtel failed to clear Joe Ledley's lofted pass and although Dwight Gayle's brave header was blocked by outrushing Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Campbell found the net with a tidy volley.

Liverpool piled forward and a flurry of chances saw Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni thwart Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson, while Allen and Lazar Markovic shot narrowly off-target.

At the other end, Mignolet had to produce a smart save to deny Gayle in a one-on-one, but after Balotelli was sent on in place of Markovic to join Sturridge up front, Liverpool took control.

Sturridge equalised in the 49th minute, slamming a back-post volley between Speroni's legs from Henderson's clever pass, before Lallana scored the winner after Speroni could only parry Balotelli's fierce free-kick.

Earlier, Norway striker Josh King scored a hat-trick as second-tier Blackburn Rovers reached the last eight by coming from behind to beat 10-man Stoke City 4-1 at Ewood Park.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes saw his side take a 10th-minute lead against his former club when Peter Crouch volleyed home at a corner, only for King to head in an equaliser in the 36th minute.

After Geoff Cameron was sent off for holding King back, Rudy Gestede put Blackburn in front with a penalty on the stroke of half-time and King completed his treble with quick-fire goals early in the second period.

Asked if his side could go on and claim a first FA Cup trophy since 1928, victorious manager Gary Bowyer joked: "Do me a favour, I've just finished this game!

"We are just delighted to be in the next round. We would love another home tie and then we will go from there."

Brown Ideye continued his fine recent form by scoring twice as West Bromwich Albion beat a woeful West Ham United 4-0 at The Hawthorns to also reach the quarter-finals.

The Nigeria striker, West Brom's £10m record signing, scored either side of a 25-yard strike from James Morrison to take his tally to four goals in three games.

West Ham substitute Morgan Amalfitano was sent off after shoving Chris Brunt in the face and Saido Berahino added a fourth to rubber-stamp West Brom's progress to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2008.

"Brown Ideye was fantastic," said West Brom manager Tony Pulis, who led Stoke to the final in 2011.

"He is scoring goals and that takes the weight off your shoulders, and he looks a good player."

Reading also booked a sixth-round berth with a 2-1 win at fellow Championship side Derby County, which came courtesy of a late strike by former Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Everton striker Yakubu.

Collated English FA Cup results on Saturday:

Fifth round

Blackburn 4 (King 36, 50, 55, Gestede 45+7) Stoke 1 (Crouch 10)

Crystal Palace 1 (Campbell 15) Liverpool 2 (Sturridge 49, Lallana 58)

Derby 1 (Bent 61) Reading 2 (Robson-Kanu 53, Yakubu 82)

West Brom 4 (Ideye 20, 57, Morrison 42, Berahino 72) West Ham 0

Playing on Sunday

Arsenal v Middlesbrough, Aston Villa v Leicester, Bradford v Sunderlan

Playing on Monday

Preston v Manchester United


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Friday, 22 February 2019
Cardiff City v Watford, Cardiff City Stadium 21:45
West Ham United v Fulham, London Stadium 21:45
Saturday, 23 February 2019
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur, Turf Moor 14:30
Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town, St. James' Park 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 24 February 2019
Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion, Stamford Bridge 14:00
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium 16:05
Manchester United v Liverpool, Old Trafford 16:05
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.