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Liverpool 5 Havant & Waterlooville 2

The Reds progressed as expected to the next round of the FA Cup but it certainly wasn't as easy as first planned.

Havant deserve huge praise for their approach to the game and they twice led in the match. Ultimately it wasn't until the Reds made it 4-2 that heads dropped a little and as time went on the extra fitness level shone through.

The Reds got the game started attacking the Anny Road end in the first half. It was a noisy crowd with the away fans certainly contributing to their day out. Outside the ground before the game loads of them were wandering everywhere with camera's and everything. They made sure they had a day to remember.

The Reds tried to pass the ball around from the off. After just four minutes the Reds should have taken the lead when Benayoun was found unmarked in the middle of the box by Pennant but the Israeli somehow managed to head wide. We laughed at the time that it may prove costly.

That joke certainly haunted us five minutes later when Havant took the lead. They scored from a corner. It was whipped in and Pacquette rose unmarked to head home. Awful marking but a goal that certainly stunned Anfield.

They got some good applause from all around the ground. The Reds weren't playing very well in that there passing wasn't crisp and all the way to feet. Too many balls gave the away side a chance to nip in.

The Reds' equaliser finally came on twenty-seven minutes and it was a cracking goal. Babel moved down the left before cutting back to Lucas. He took a touch inside before curling a great shot around the keeper and in to the goal.

This was surely now time that everything went to plan. That of course didn't account for the visitors grit.

Alfie Potter capitalised on a mistake by Finnan and moved in to the box before clipping a shot which went in off Skrtel to leave Itandje stranded. He got huge applause from around the ground in fairness but it was after this that the majority of the fans suddenly started thinking hang on we need to take this serious now.

The away side were forced in to a change on thirty nine minutes when Warner went off injured.

The Reds were back on level terms just before half time when Benayoun finished well inside the box.

Half time and a rocket was needed to go through the Reds' dressing room. Half time was generally talking about how embarrassing this was turning out to be.

As the away side came out they were afforded a huge ovation from all around the ground and they were certainly enjoying it.

The Reds started the second half a lot better than they did in the first and they looked to have stepped up a gear straight away.

It ultimately took just eleven minutes for the Reds to go in front for the first time in the game. Benayoun tucked the ball away and it was him who again scored a few minutes later to complete his hat-trick.

Benayoun had now bagged his second hat-trick for the Reds and at the same time become the first overseas Red to do so in the FA Cup.

The fourth Liverpool goal for me is the one that sealed the game really. When Benayoun scored Havant seemed to drop their heads a touch.

From this point forward there was only ever one winner but the Reds had certainly had to work hard for it.

On seventy-two minutes Benayoun was subbed for Dirk Kuyt to come on and go up front. Babel was still going down the left whilst Crouch was ambling about up front doing nothing in particular.

Havant didn't really trouble the Reds at the back anymore and it allowed Martin Skrtel to settle down more and get used to the game. He'd had a shaky first half it has to be said.

Jamie Carragher replaced Sami Hyypia late in the match and Gerrard replaced the tireless Mascherano in midfield.

Gerrard seemed intent on getting more goals for the Reds in the final few minutes and it was ultimately a driving run by Gerrard that gave the Reds their fifth. Gerrard raced at Havant and played a neat one two with Babel before squaring it for Crouch who had the easiest of tasks from three yards out.

As the final whistle blew the Reds were through to the next round as expected but Havant had certainly played their part.

The away side looked to switch shirts with whoever they could from the Liverpool side. They were given a huge standing ovation from all four sides of the ground and it was richly deserved as well for their efforts. I hope for their sake that they use their cup run money wisely and a few more of the 6000 who travelled up to watch them here start supporting them week in week out at their home games.

MotM : Yossi Benayoun - worked hard and was one of the few flair players who really realised that you have to work hard to get past all sides. He played well and deserved his hat-trick. As ever Mascherano also played superbly well in midfield.

Liverpool 30 Itandje, 3 Finnan, 37 Skrtel, 4 Hyypia (23 Carragher 83), 6 Riise, 16 Pennant, 20 Mascherano (8 Gerrard 86), 21 Lucas, 11 Benayoun (18 Kuyt 71), 15 Crouch, 19 Babel
Unused Subs 40 Martin, 9 Torres
Goal(s) Lucas (26), Benayoun 3 (43, 55, 58), Crouch (89)
Shirt Worn Home-Red
Manager Rafa Benitez

Havant & Waterlooville
Scriven, Smith, Jordan, Sharp, Warner (Taggart 39), Harkin, Wilkinson (Oatway 73), Collins, Potter, Pacquette (Slabber 56), Baptiste
Unused Subs Gregory, Taylor
Goal(s) Pacquette (7), OG - Skrtel (30)
Booking Wilkinson (31)
Shirt Worn Yellow
Manager Shaun Gale

Referee Phil Dowd    Staffordshire
Att 42566
Venue Anfield
Kick Off Saturday - 15:00:00
Date 2008-01-26 
HT/FT DW   (2-2)/5-2
Goal Sequence (Liverpool first) 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2, 3-2, 4-2, 5-2
Competition FA Cup   R4

Match Stats

Liverpool   Havant & Waterlooville
52% Possession 48%
10 Shots On Target 2
10 Shots Off Target 3
10 Blocked Shots 1
14 Corners 5
8 Fouls 15
1 Offsides 1
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0

Player Stats

Martin Skrtel made his full debut for the Reds.

Yossi Benayoun became the first overseas player to score an FA Cup hat-trick for the Reds.

Team Stats


Opposition form summary coming in to the match


Match Programme

Match number 36 of the season

Domestic Match number 28 of the season

FA Cup Match number 398 of all time

Match number 5070 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)

Match number 1 against Havant & Waterlooville

Home Match number 1 against Havant & Waterlooville

Cup Match number 1 against Havant & Waterlooville

Home Cup Match number 1 against Havant & Waterlooville