The Reds reserves went back to the top of the league with a win over Bolton. Dani Pacheco scored on his first start for the reserves whilst a late first appearance in the reserves from Nathan Eccleston was also rounded off with a goal.
The win was richly deserved and the class from the side shone through the more time went on. The Reds clearly played as a team and that always makes for a better chance of winning.
Bolton got the game underway up at Leyland, which is a rather tight ground. The wind was behind Bolton i the first half and their clear tactic in the first half was to use it and aim for their left hand side to attack Martin Kelly. With Kelly being a centre back it was obviously thought they could get past him but they had very little joy all game as he played really well.
Liverpool started the better and within a minute threatened to score. Brouwer had a half chance but it was snuffed out before he could get a shot away on goal.
With the ground being so small it was no surprise that it only took nine minutes before the ball flew out over the stand.
Damien Plessis went close with a good shot on ten minutes after good work from Pacheco. The Spanish striker was looking really up for the game and looking to grab the chance to shine as Nemeth was away on international duty.
Bolton did create a chance on fourteen minutes as Obadeyi raced through the defence but his ball back missed everyone and the Reds cleared the danger.
On twenty minutes the Reds forced a save from Ian Walker in the Bolton goal as Flynn let fly.
Bolton did have the ball in the net in the first half but it was rightly flagged offside. It proved the nearest they came all game.
The Reds came out fast in the second half as they clearly upped the pace. Inside the first minute Brouwer was put through by Flynn but his shot across the keeper was well saved by Walker for a corner.
Bolton nearly profited from a mix up at the back on forty seven minutes when David Martin raced out to meet a ball but misjudged it and was grateful for the interception of Martin Kelly to clear the ball.
Pacheco had a shot from the edge of the area on forty eight minutes which forced Walker in to a full stretch save. Just four minutes later and Pacheco had his goal. He was put through and smashed a ball beyond the stretch of Walker and in off the far post. He was clearly made up with the goal as he raced off to celebrate.
That goal really set the Reds up for the win and from then on they really pushed on. Shots started to fly in at will. Flynn dragged a shot wide before Spearing blazed one well over the bar.
Alonso - brother of the Reds' Xabi sent a shot over the bar from distance for Bolton but they weren't really in it.
Both Pacheco and Spearing then forced Walker in to good saves with decent shots. The second one was pushed for a corner which from a second take Pacheco hit the side netting with at the back post.
On sixty six minutes Nicky Hunt was bundled over in a challenge with Brouwer which the Bolton man suffered worst in. He was forced in to a shirt change and finished the game wearing number 17.
The Reds made their first change on seventy five minutes when Ryan Crowther replaced Pacheco. The Spaniard had had a great game up front and certainly did his chances the power of good.
The Reds were awarded a penalty on seventy eight minutes when Nicky Hunt dragged Brouwer over in the box. Despite his protest the ref certainly made the right choice. Ray Putterill picked the ball up and duly sent it past Walker for 2-0.
Brouwer and Putterill were replaced on eighty three minutes by Eccleston and Bruna who both went up top. This was Eccleston's first taste of reserve team action and after a free scoring season at the academy he came with a slight reputation.
On eight seven minutes he proved his worth as well. Crowther put in a cross in the box which the Reds claimed hand ball for and the linesman agreed. He flagged and the penalty was given. Eccleston raced for the ball and after doing an Aldo shuffle in his run up sent Walker the wrong way.
As the final whistle blew the Reds cane be really happy with their game. Throughout the whole side the players played for the team and ensured that the base for the win was set.
MotM : Damien Plessis - he was the midfield fulcrum and this for me was by far and away his best game for the reserves so far. I still wish he'd use his right foot a bit more. Dani Pacheco also had a superb game up front whilst Martin Kelly was the pick of the defence for me.