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In my opinion not at all, we do not keep the ball, even when our players are not harrassed like in the Everton game, why? Well easy, no movement in to space, when there was movement, maxi scored. We will never be top four unless we play the Liverpool way!
Some of you will say, “well we do keep the ball and that’s why Lucas is always passing back to Riena”, well I say “rubbish”. The reason we end up passing back then giving it away with a Riena Hoof, is because there is no movement. I hoped Cole, Mirelies and Gerrard would be giving this movement as well as Torres, but it’s just not happening!
Yesterday I saw the ball played down right, 3 players standing on the spot, then ball gets played back. If one had moved we may have penetrated, maybe even switch to the over wing via midfield. Keeping the ball moving side to side is the best way to open up defences, keep the ball in center of the pitch not in your own 18 yard box, backed off but not much, or you just end up playing a long 50/50 ball, instead short interchanges which open up space and support.
I would still like to see us try a 4-3-3, maybe the people here could suggest players for the formation, but remember Cole is out for 3 games!
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It wasn’t pretty at times.. frustrating even.. but we will gladly take the away win and the 3 points that come with it !!
Roy started with the same first eleven that played brilliantly in our previous win against Blackburn last Sunday. Mood was upbeat but the home side was not going to take things lying down. In fact, the Bolton players were extremely hardworking in chasing down our Reds. Nevertheless, our back four of Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos and Konchesky held firm. Reina also showed steady hands to snuff out the goal attempts and clear any impending danger.
Our midfield of Lucas and Meireles also stood their ground in the face of the continued pressure. Active running and advancing into space help create our attacking moves with Cole and Maxi in support and with Torres and Gerrard in the thick of the action too.
But sadly, the final application was lacking or else it would have been a comfortable ride into the game.
Torres had a flashing header that went just over within the first 5 minutes. Then on the 7th minute, Gerrard capitalized on a defensive error to send Torres in the clear. Our star striker would have dispatched this if it was maybe 12 months ago.. but he took too many steps and the ball was safely cleared away.
After that, we had to dig deep to withstand the Bolton forays. Long balls in the direction of Kevin Davies were the order of the day but Kyrgiakos was able to neutralize most of the deliveries. As the newly capped England striker realized he was not beating Soto to the ball, he decided to throw himself to the ground at the slightest contact to earn cheap freekicks or even penalties. Regretfully, ref Atkinson agreed with Davies more times than he should. But at least the ref did the most sensible thing by denying Bolton a penalty when the ball struck Carra’s hand unintentionally in the box.
The second half was also a reflection of both satisfaction & frustration. Satisfaction to see our Reds clear their lines confidently.. but frustration to see our attacks come to nothing in the final third. Then came the sight of Cole clutching his hamstring on the hour mark. The introduction of Ngog in place of a relatively average Cole added a new dimension in our attacks.
Our young French striker has improved tremendously since that away game in the City of Manchester where he was totally outclassed. Against Gary Cahill, a prospective regular England centre-half, he was able to hold his ground and with a neat first touch to bring down the ball, Ngog was able to initiate threatening attacks with the marauding Reds around him.
We had an escape when a freekick flashed in, allowing Davies to guide the ball just wide off the post.
But soon as the minutes ticked away, we were taking charge at the upper end of the pitch as the Bolton players inexplicably retreated more and more. Then from a sustained period of attack, Torres collected a pass at the edge of the box and cleverly back-heeled the ball into Maxi’s path, nutmegging Cahill at the same time. Maxi toe-poked towards goal but thankfully Jaaskelainen could only parry and the ball bounced into goal off the crossbar. OH WHAT JOY for the away fans behind the goal !!!
Still 4 minutes left plus added time, it was time for a rearguard action to stem the Bolton search for an equalizer. Poulsen came on for Meireles to provide fresh legs. Into the 4 minutes of added time.. but the tension was less as we expertly saw out the game for a precious win and 3 valuable points to allow us to climb up to mid-table.
Thus our winning run is sustained, though only 2 at the moment. But if we claim a victory at Anfield next Sunday against the league leaders, who knows what we can achieve !! For now, we shall enjoy this vital morale-boosting win and plan to negotiate past Napoli at Anfield in the Europa League..
Great win yesterday, we can start smiling again although the performance wasn’t brilliant but I will take the 3 points anytime.
Carra talks about how the win could be a catalyst more…
Roy is happy more…
(And he should be)
Roy talks about how Liverpool is still one of the world’s best teams more…
(He said this before the game)
And according to a report he wants to bring 5-6 players in January more…
He will be meeting with John Henry on Tuesday more…
(I wish I was a fly on the wall)
Unfortunately Cole will likely miss the Chelsea game more…
(Damn he would have played his heart out)
Raul Miereles talks about how well the players are responding to Hodgson’s methods more…
And how he wants to score a goal in front of the Kop more…
King Kenny is looking forward the Spurs – Inter game more…
(We all are :-) )
Javier Mascherano explains Anfield exit more…
(How is that Barca bench working for you?)
Metro is linking us with Niko Kranjcar more…
(Not sure about Metro, they are starting to make the Daily Mail look pretty good)
And finally Caught Offside is linking us with a bunch of players more…
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So we won today. That was great. Not seeing Liverpool in the bottom three is even more great. And it’s pretty awesome how three points can send you flying up the table. Have any of you taken a look? We’re in 11th place on 12 points and just three points behind Tottenham, who currently occupy fifth place. We’re only five back of City in their much-coveted fourth spot.
It was a good win. But Roy Hodgson described this win in a way that I can’t quite see right now.
“Today was a famous victory because we hadn’t won more than once away in the whole of 2010,” Hodgson said after the game. “When you’re down the bottom, and keep being reminded you’re down the bottom, anxiety kicks in.”
That word stood out to me. It should to you, too, if you follow Liverpool.
By our standards, a famous win is Olympiakos at Anfield in 2005 and Andy Gray’s famous call. A famous win is Chelsea in two legs that same year. A famous win is Istanbul.
A famous win to me is one which you can say a word or two and you go right back to that game. Whenever I hear the word ‘beauty,’ Steve Gerrard has just sent one flying past the Olympiakos keeper and we’re through the group stages (thanks a lot, Andy Gray). Whenever I see John Terry, I go back to seeing him in tears as the Kop went crazy and Jose Mourinho had his loser face on, one we didn’t see too much of in those days. Mention Turkey, Istanbul or anything that sounds close to it and Gerrard has just put the first goal in and he’s waving like a madman at the crowd.
Those games are famous because they’re on the grand stage and the team fought against steep odds. There are plenty of famous games that haven’t been on the biggest occasions. Remember Torres’ first goal against Chelsea when we got to see just how good he was going to be? Every time I hear news about the much-maligned Tal Ben-Haim, I remember that game.
There was nothing famous in today’s game. Nothing really stood out. It was win number three in a season that hasn’t started out very well.
Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled with the win. I was probably more thrilled about a 1-0 win against Bolton than I ever thought I could be.
Maybe that’s the problem that I have with Roy: his statement about the game make it sound like he’s lost perspective of where the club should be because of where we are right now. Liverpool are a major club and we’re not supposed to have a ‘famous victory’ over Bolton in October.
I can understand if Roy is trying to get through to the team that they’re doing well. I imagine that the squad is hearing enough about how they need to do better and that can destroy a team’s confidence. There are other ways to get that across. Maybe he’s trying to make sure that everyone on the team knows that he’s not like Rafa and he’ll handle these kind of wins differently than the former boss might have.
Still, it’s a 1-0 win at Bolton. It’s not famous.
I’m trying to keep my patience with Roy, but this is just another item on a long list of things that has worried me about Liverpool’s boss.
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