Oldham Athletic 3-2 Liverpool Match Report

27 Jan

Oldham Athletic 3-2 Liverpool Match Report

 

Liverpool started their first of three matches in seven days with a very tricky trip to Oldham to face Paul Dickov’s side in the fourth round of the FA Cup. A return trip to Wembley would be gladly welcomed after three trips to the famous venue last season. But after sneaking past non-league Mansfield in the last round, Liverpool would expect to face another difficult tie at Boundary Park.

 

The Team

 

Brendan Rodgers selected a very young side for the visit to Oldham with one eye on his next two fixtures later in the week, although he had a couple of enforced changes with Reina and Johnson struggling with injuries. Brad Jones replaced Reina in goal and Wisdom and Robinson started as the full-backs, Skrtel partnered Coates in the centre of defence. Borini played on the left of midfield with Sterling starting on the right and Allen and Henderson playing in the middle of midfield. Suarez played just behind Sturridge in an attack.

 

The Match

 

Liverpool were shocked in less than 2 minutes when they went behind to a Matt Smith header after he beat Coates in the air, Skrtel tried in vain to head off the line. Liverpool looked stunned as the home side flew in to tackles to unsettle their Premiership visitors.

 

Liverpool equalised through Captain for the day Suarez when he drove from deep inside the Oldham half before firing into the net from the edge of the area, it was totally against the run of play.

 

Oldham continued to cause Liverpool problems with their energy and physical approach, especially with their tactics of trying to get the ball up to the impressive Smith as often as possible. Liverpool’s defence looked shaky and keeper Jones took a whack after spilling a routine save.

 

Suarez headed in from close range but his effort was ruled offside. Then Sterling should have scored after a good Liverpool move, but he shot straight at the keeper.

 

 

 

Seconds before half-time Smith scored his second goal of the match when he tapped in from close range after Jones spilled an easy looking save.

 

Liverpool looked to get back into the game straight away at the start of the second half, but Borini was wasteful when clean through on goal. Seconds later Liverpool were 3-1 down when Wabara headed into the top corner with the Liverpool defence missing.

 

Liverpool now had a mountain to climb and Rodgers sent on Gerrard and Downing for Wisdom and Borini to resurrect the situation. Gerrard made a huge difference as Liverpool started to dominate for the first time in the match.

 

It sparked a Liverpool onslaught on Bouzanis’s goal, with Gerrard, Sturridge and Suarez each taking turns to try their luck – though Paul Dickov’s side defended with dogged determination.

But there was little they could do as Allen reduced the deficit with a deflected volley from the edge of the box on 79 minutes after the hosts had only half cleared a Liverpool corner.

Gerrard and Allen both went close as the clock ticked towards to full-time, with the captain smashing the crossbar from distance, but Oldham were able to hold on and secure a place in round five.

 

Summary

 

I have to say that I thought Rodgers picked a side that was too inexperienced for the fight of a FA Cup tie against a lower league club. I agree with trying to give Gerrard a rest, but Carragher should have been in defence to organise against an “up and at em” physical side. Too many players that haven’t played much recently too was a big mistake, the likes of Coates, Robinson and Borini. Coates had a real nightmare against the physical Smith, but he never got much help from Skrtel as Liverpool’s defence looked vulnerable. Brad Jones looked very shaky too and it was a calamitous mistake for the second goal just before half-time, although it was a certain foul on Sturridge in the lead up to the goal. Too many players didn’t perform and didn’t match Oldham’s aggression and determination. Suarez scored a good goal and was unlucky with one effort being ruled out but he disappeared in the second half. Liverpool never started to dominate until Gerrard came on and if more of his team mates showed his desire Liverpool would still be in the cup, he was so unlucky with his shot off the crossbar late on, but Oldham deserved the victory after Liverpool’s very poor first half performance.

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2 Responses to “Oldham Athletic 3-2 Liverpool Match Report”

  1. Omensa January 27, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Nice stuff there but i think i will agree 90% on the selection and performance. Imo Mclaughlin as Rb c’dve been excellent cos he’s better and looks a more wingback than the wisdomless wisdom. As u said carra s’dve be at b4 2 organise the df as he did in the NCFC game. No doubt that he may start against AFC. Do u understand why sometimes i say rodgers’ a coward? This was the right opportunity 4 suso 2 anticipate the gerrard role and portrailing the fabregas role at current barca M3. So it was clear 4 one of either sterling or borini out 4 suso. That was a test case 4 rodgers but he failed drastically. Cheers mate! YWNA!

    • thekopiteview January 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      thanks for reading and commenting, I like the look of McLaughlin too at right back and I think Suso has fallen down the pecking order especially with the addition of Sturridge.

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