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Blackburn Rovers 2 Liverpool 3

The Reds beat Blackburn thanks to an injury time winner from Andy Carroll after an incredibly dramatic game which saw the Reds play over an hour with ten men and save a penalty during the first half as well.

The side was rotated around quite a bit for the match with Glen Johnson coming in at left back as he looked to gain fitness ahead of the cup semi final. Seb Coates returned to centre back with Martin Skrtel who captained the side. Andy Carroll started up front on his own with close help from Jonjo Shelvey whilst Spearing and Henderson were in midfield.

On a very wet night the home side kicked off with the Reds defending the end with us Reds in - as ever the only packed section of the ground.

I thought that the Reds started quite well actually with some good movement and you could see the side playing as a side and were looking to match up to Blackburn who were obviously desperate for points.

Jon Flanagan picked up a booking after just twelve minutes when he lost control under pressure and then brought Olsson down after he lost the ball.

The Reds took the lead on thirteen minutes when the Reds saw off a Rovers attack and from his own area Skrtel played a superb long ball down the right wing for Bellamy who hardly broke stride to get on to it. He then reached the area and squared the ball right across to Maxi at the far post who tapped home from three yards. It was a great start and the goal was virtually identical to the goal away at Chelsea earlier this season.

Just two minutes later and the Reds were two up and coasting. Shelvey nicked the ball in midfield and powered forward. With the defence backing off he shot from the edge of the box which Robinson could only parry. Andy Carroll then tried to hit the rebound in but it was blocked and flew across to Maxi who slammed it home. The start was perfect for the Reds and it looked like after struggling for form of late this side were going to really grab it back.

On seventeen minutes Flanagan was warned by the ref after a potential yellow card tackle. The ref called Skrtel over as captain as a last warning to the right back but we were still with eleven men.

Just after the midway point in the half Bellamy fired over with options both sides of him looking better.

On twenty four minutes Flanagan played a woeful back pass to Doni which was so weak it allowed Rovers in behind the back line. Hoilett was now in with only Doni to beat but as he went to go around him he went down and a penalty was given and the inevitable red card followed. Doni was gutted and even though Glen Johnson tried to claim he was last man I think the decision was right in the eyes of the law. Is it really a three game ban though?

After a poor start it was Jon Flanagan who was subbed to allow Brad Jones on to the pitch as sub keeper. Brad Jones took to his line and duly saved a woeful penalty from Yakubu. Jones turned straight round to the Reds fans and saluted us before pointing to the sky in clear remembrance of his young son Luca who died last year.

The half was all a bit barmy really with us being two up but a man down yet had saved the penalty. We did concede a soft goal on thirty six minutes though when Dunn clipped in a free kick and no one thought to challenge Yakubu and he headed easily past Jones to make it two one.

As the half wore on I did think we looked relatively comfortable with ten men. Jordan Henderson had slotted in well at right back on the night and the only problem obviously was getting support to Andy Carroll.

Half time saw no changes to either side and just two minutes in Carroll had a great chance to score off a corner. He managed to get to the ball un-marked but headed wide when he should have scored.

The Reds made their first change on fifty two minutes as Agger was sent on for Glen Johnson - both players only coming back from injury.

Despite being with ten men it was hard to really see the difference on the pitch. Blackburn tried to move the ball about but the Reds were working so hard that very little was getting near our area.

On the hour mark came more drama. A standard back pass to Jones in the Reds goal by Skrtel saw the keeper control it but as he went to clear it Yakubu got a block in and it looped goalwards. Jones raced back and won the ball again but didn't hold it and Yakubu was following in again so when Jones collided with him a penalty was given. I was convinced I was about to see a red card again but thankfully the ref decided it was only a yellow and we at least kept our keeper on. Yakubu took the spot kick and this time Jones went the wrong way and the ball flew in to the net to make it 2-2.

The game started to get a bit stop start now with a few subs and yellow cards flying around.Jose Enrique was sent on in place of Maxi to give us a bit of movement between five at the back and four at the back but he can go forward quite well.

As the clock ticked on towards ninety I was convinced something was going to happen in this game still and we weren't under pressure. Hanley was booked for a head lock on Carroll with a minute to go and Agger took the free kick. It his the wall and went for a corner. Four minutes were shown on the clock as the kick was being prepared.

The corner kick was whipped in but cleared by Rovers. Skrtel and Hanley had a bit of a scrap as the game went on and Coates played it in to the area. Agger headed it on and Andy Carroll powered the ball past Robinson in the Rovers goal.

The Reds easily held out through the final three minutes and took all three points which for me we deserved. The players had shown all the heart and desire to win them and played as a unit. After missing this the last few games it really shone through against Blackburn.

MotM : Jordan Henderson - I thought he adapted really well at right back and tried really hard to support the wing play every time he could. Andy Carroll also played well - particularly in the second half when he held the play up well.

Liverpool 32 Doni, 2 Johnson (5 Agger 52), 38 Flanagan (1 Jones 25), 16 Coates, 37 Skrtel, 14 Henderson, 20 Spearing, 11 Maxi (3 Enrique 77), 33 Shelvey, 39 Bellamy, 9 Carroll
Unused Subs 6 Aurelio, 7 Suarez, 18 Kuyt, 23 Carragher
Goal(s) Maxi 2 (13, 15), Carroll (90)
Bookings Flanagan (12), Maxi (45), Jones (60), Bellamy (71), Henderson (86)
Red Cards Doni (24)
Shirt Worn Home-Red
Manager Kenny Dalglish (2)

Blackburn Rovers
1 Robinson, 18 Orr, 16 Dann, 31 Hanley, 3 Martin Olsson, 8 Dunn (35 Lowe), 15 Nzonzi, 23 Hoilett, 10 Formica (20 Rochina 73), 21 Marcus Olsson, 24 Yakubu
Unused Subs 34 Kean, 5 Givet, 14 Petrovic, 25 Goodwillie, 12 Pedersen
Goal(s) Yakubu 2 (36, pen 61)
Booking Orr (28), Hoilett (62), Formica (64), Hanley (89)
Red Cards
Shirt Worn Blue and White halves
Manager Steve Kean

Referee Anthony Taylor    Wythenshawe
Att 23571
Venue Ewood Park
Kick Off Tuesday - 20:00:00
Date 2012-04-10 
HT/FT WW   (2-1)/3-2
Goal Sequence (Liverpool first) 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2
Match shown Live on SKY Sports
Competition Premiership  

Match Stats

Liverpool   Blackburn Rovers
48% Possession 52%
6 Shots On Target 6
5 Shots Off Target 5
5 Blocked Shots 4
4 Corners 4
14 Fouls 16
5 Offsides 2
5 Yellow Cards 4
1 Red Cards 0
44% Territory 56%
77% Passing Success 77%

Average Age of Starting Line-up - 25.2

Position at Start of match day - 8 / Opposition Position at Start of match day - 18

League Stats at end of match day

PWDLFAGDPtsPts to topPos
3312 10114036446338

Match Programme

Match number 44 of the season

Domestic Match number 44 of the season

Premiership Match number 33 of the season

Premiership Match number 767 of all time

League Match number 4291 of all time (excludes war time and Lancashire League)

Top Flight League Match number 3863 of all time (includes original Division 1 and Premiership)

Match number 5302 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)

Match number 143 against Blackburn Rovers

Away Match number 73 against Blackburn Rovers

League Match number 128 against Blackburn Rovers

League Away Match number 64 against Blackburn Rovers

Premiership Match number 36 against Blackburn Rovers

Premiership Away Match number 18 against Blackburn Rovers