Saturday, October 22, 2011

~ Bellamy scores but Liverpool held 1-1 with Norwich ~

Barclays Premier League
Liverpool vs Norwich City
Stadium : Anfield

Results :
Liverpool 1 (Bellamy)
Norwich 1 (Holt)

Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique, Adam, Gerrard, Downing, Bellamy, Kuyt, Suarez

Norwich City
Ruddy, Martin, Tierney, Barnett, Naughton, Johnson, Fox, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Bennett, Morison

Craig Bellamy strike was only enough to earn Liverpool a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich City on Saturday tea-time.

Liverpool lost ground on the top four as their leaky defence and a failure to capitalise on numerous opportunities cost them victory at Anfield. The No.39 scored at the end of a dominant first half but Grant Holt won the newly promoted Canaries a point with a header on the hour. Liverpool hit the frame of the goal three times and had a mass of other chances but their day ended in frustration.

The team news saw former Norwich striker Bellamy granted a first Barclays Premier League start since rejoining Liverpool this summer. Steven Gerrard and Charlie Adam made up the midfield in the absence of Lucas Leiva, who missed the match after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season versus Manchester United.

Before those sent out by Kenny Dalglish could attempt to collect another three points, Steve Rotheram MP was introduced to the crowd at the end of a week when his moving House of Commons speech helped ensure there would be full disclosure of all government documents relating to Hillsborough. The Kop then held aloft a JFT96 mosaic, while opposite them the visiting fans participated in chants of 'Justice'.

The goal finally arrived in first-half stoppage time when Russell Martin fell over under pressure from Suarez, allowing Bellamy to steam through on goal and finish via a deflection.

but instead Norwich were still in the game, and their hopes of gaining a result at one of English football's most famous arenas were about to get a whole lot more realistic on 60 minutes when substitute Holt nodded in a Pilkington cross at the Kop end. Game on.

Henderson and Carroll were introduced as Dalglish tried to influence proceedings, but it was that man Suarez who seemed most likely to change the game. He was again unlucky to come up against an in-form Ruddy after Barnett fell to the ground.

Carroll headed narrowly wide and Suarez had a volley tipped away in stoppage time but the day ended in disappointment for those in Red.

Need to improve & must win the next game if we want to get back to Champions League next season.. YNWA..!!!!

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