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Wednesday, 22 February 2012
LIVERPOOL 6-1 BRIGHTON MATCH REPORT
Liverpool 6-1 Brighton Match Report
Liverpool warmed up for their trip to Wembley in next Sunday’s Carling Cup final in emphatic style as they put Championship side Brighton to the sword in the 5th round of the FA Cup. The sides had already met in the Carling Cup earlier this season, with Liverpool winning 2-1 in that tie. But Liverpool looked greedy for another trip to Wembley by brushing Brighton aside and eyeing up a home tie against Stoke City in the quarter-final.
Dalglish fielded a strong team against Brighton with Carragher coming back into the side alongside Gerrard, Suarez and Carroll, who were starting a match for the first time together. Dalglish showed that he was not going to take Poyet’s side lightly with the side he sent out to win a place in the quarter final.
Liverpool got off to a great start with Martin Skrtel heading home Gerrard corner inside five minutes, but the visitors responded with LuaLua blasting a 25 yard free-kick past Pepe Reina. Liverpool regained the lead seconds before half-time after Bridcutt deflected a goal line clearance into his own net from a Glen Johnson header.
Liverpool was buoyed going into the second half with the lead, and they added another in the 57th minute when Andy Carroll fired home a Downing cutback with his left foot. Liverpool made it 4-1 when the unlucky Bridcutt scored his second own goal when trying to keep out a Gerrard effort. Amazingly Liverpool’s fifth goal was from another Brighton player when Dunk tried to clear after some ball juggling, only to send the ball over his own goal line.
Suarez missed a penalty late on after Kuyt had been brought down, but the Liverpool striker was not to be denied as he headed in a sixth goal for the home side late on. This was Liverpool’s biggest win of the season and a victory that will certainly boost their confidence with important games coming up.
After the match Kenny Dalglish showed how pleased he was with his team’s goals tally when he said “Someone said we had 15 attempts on target. We’ve said we’d like to get our conversion rate up and today that’s not a bad return.”
Great to see Dalglish send out a strong team and not underestimating Brighton. We struggled a bit the first half, although we still had more of the play. But scoring the second goal just before half-time really sent us on our way, although we did get plenty of help scoring wise from Brighton defenders who were prolific in front of goal. Played some great stuff second half and brilliant to see Carroll and Suarez scoring. I thought Downing played really well, especially after receiving plenty of criticism recently. A home draw against Stoke now to look forward to in the quarter finals and hopefully followed by another trip to Wembley.
Man Of The Match- Carroll – caused mayhem in the Brighton defence all day and took his goal brilliantly.
Posted by james walker at 05:00