Sunday April 4, 2010 Day 33 Finished St. Andrew's

Birmingham City 1 - 1 Liverpool

  • Ridgewell 56’
  • Gerrard 47’

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  1. Liverpool held to frustrating draw

    Liverpool held to frustrating draw

    Liverpool's hopes of finishing fourth in the Premier League took another blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Birmingham City. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Birmingham City
    • Liverpool
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes, and it's another draw between these two sides. Alex McLeish will be a lot happier with the point than Rafa Benitez!
    • 90+2' Birmingham are being pinned back inside their own half now, but Liverpool fail to work another opening.
    • 90' Gerrard finds N'Gog in the box with an inch-perfect long-range pass and the striker scuffs his strike! Surely that was THE chance for Liverpool to salvage a win?
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 89' Another great contribution from Johnson as he finds Babel at the far post, but he drills into the sidenetting from an acute angle.
    • 88' Bowyer fouls Aquilani on the right. Gerrard's free-kick is flicked up into the air by N'Gog, but Birmingham scramble clear after Insua's poorly hit volley.
    • 86' Gerrard fires in a low ball to the near post for N'Gog. Hart beats him to it to punch clear and Maxi Rodriguez fires the rebound over the bar!
    • 85' Johnson's cross is deflected back to Gerrard on the edge of the box, but the Liveprool skipper hesitates before eventually sending his shot over the bar.
    • 83' N'Gog cuts back fromt he byline and the ball runs for MAXI... his strike canons off Aquilani and away!
    • 82' Jerome sticks a boot out to try and flick Bowyer's header goalwards, but it's an easy catch for Reina.
    • 80' Liverpool substitution: Alberto Aquilani replaces Dirk Kuyt.
    • 80' Great pressing from Birmingham as Reina isn't allowed to clear and Birmingham have a throw in the final third.
    • 79' Kyrgiakos shepherds the ball out nder pressure from Phillips, but the last touch was his and Birmingham have a corner! Liverpool again deal with the set piece with the minimum of fuss.
    • 78' Birmingham substitution: Kevin Phillps replaces James McFadden.
    • 77' N'Gog finds Babel out on the right now. The Dutchman's return pass is too far ahead of his team-mate.
    • 76' Johnson concedes a corner for Birmingham. Liverpool clear their lines well on this occasion.
    • 75' Fahey drills in a low shot from distance that bobbles along the turf, but Reina is right behind it to collect.
    • 74' Liverpool have plenty of men inside the box, but Gerrard's delivery is caught by Hart.
    • 74' Gardner is booked for a foul on Babel on the left wing.
    • 73' Kuyt cuts a ball back for Maxi, who plays it back to N'Gog, and the strike hits the sidenetting! N'Gog has had two good chances to hit the target within minutes of coming on.
    • 72' Torres has got an ice pack on his leg as he watches from the bench.
    • 71' Liverpool substitution: Ryan Babel replaces Yossi Benayoun.
    • 70' Johnson is inside the Birmingham box, and he lifts a high ball over for Kuyt, but the Dutchman can't steer a header on target.
    • 69' Ridgewell has space to ping in a cross over to the far post for BOWYER... the midfielder went to sidefoot with his left, and completely mised his shot! What a chance for Birmingham to take the lead.
    • 68' Johnson cuts inside and sends in a left-footed cross for N'Gog... headed wide of the near post! The home crowd enjoyed that!
    • 67' Replays show Gerrard's baffled expression as Torres was subbed off. The striker himself didn't look happy with Benitez's decision.
    • 67' Gerrard is penalised for a foul on Bowyer on the edge of the box.
    • 66' Ngog is met by a chorus of boos from the home crowd, in reaction to the Frenchman's dive that earned his side a penlaty in the 2-2 draw against Birmingham back in November.
    • 66' Liverpool substitution: David Ngog replaces Fernando Torres.
    • 65' In the end, Birmingham waste the chance as Gardner shoves Insua in the back as the ball comes in.
    • 65' Carragher is arguing with the referee, but it will do no good.
    • 64' Carragher fouls Jerome out on the right and Birmingham have another free-kick.
    • 63' Benayoun turns inside the Birmingham box but his ball back out wide to Insua is poor.
    • 61' McFadden fires his free-kick way over the bar and into the stand. That's very disappointing.
    • 60' A nice move forward from Birmingham yields a free-kick on the right after Insua fouls Carr.
    • 58' Barry Ferguson limps away after fouling Kuyt in midfield. Gerrard chips the ball wide for Insua, but the full-back loses the ball.
    • 57' Liverpool have lost six games this season after being in winning positions. Unlucky number seven?
    • 56' That's goal number four of the season for Liam Ridgewell.
    • 55' GOAL!! McFadden turns skillfully on the right side of the area and curls a cross over to Ridgewell at the far post. The full-back is completely unmarked and he knocks it past Reina from close range to level!
    • 54' Fahey surges foward but his ball inside for McFadden is intercepted.
    • 52' Liverpool have been buoyed by that goal early in the half, and are taking the game to Birmingham now.
    • 51' Liverpol have a free-kick, some 30 yards out in a central position. Gerrard strikes it low but drags his shot wide of the target.
    • 50' Torres scampers away dwn the right, but Bowyer drops in to halt the striker's progress and Birmingham emerge with the ball.
    • 49' We'll hav to wait and see how that affects Rafa Benitez's game plan. He was sure to make changes soon given his team's first half perofmance.
    • 48' That's only Gerrard's seventh league goal of the season!
    • 47' GOAL!! The corner is headed to the edge of the box, and Glen Johnson horribly miscues his shot but it falls to the feet of Gerrard, who turns inside Bowyer and fires a curling shot into the far bottom corner!
    • 47' Liverpool win an early corner, which Gerrard will take.
    • 46' Liverpool get the second half underway, with no changes from either side.
    • 45+1' The whistle goes for the end of the half. Maxi Rodriguez had the game's best (only?) good chance, but his first-time strike hit the bar.
    • 45' Gerrard takes a quick free-kick. Insua plays a one-two with Kuyt on the edge of the box but the move comes to nothing.
    • 44' Birmingham come forward but Maxi does well to track back and intercept Ferguson's pass for Bowyer.
    • 43' Gerrard's delivery is headed away at the near post.
    • 42' Torres is brought down on the right wing by Dann and Liverpool have a free-kick in a good position, right on the edge of the box.
    • 41' McFadden's corner is headed back across goal, but the whistle blows for another foul on a Liverpool defender.
    • 40' Lucas is caught dihering in possession by McFadden. The Scot finds Fahey, and his cross is turned behind for a corner!
    • 38' McFadden's cross is headed over the bar as Reina was caught in no-man's land.
    • 37' Lucas fouls in midfield but the referee plays advantage. Gardner finds Jerome, the flag stays down, and the striker's shot is saved at the near post at the expense of a corner.
    • 36' Birmingham make their move forward now, and McFadden swipes at his strike from 20 yards and it's over the bar.
    • 35' Liverpool break forward from Reina's long throw out and Torres finds MAXI... he hits the bar!! The Argentine caught the cross well but couldn't keep his shot down.
    • 34' Jerome and Kyrgiakos are in a straight race to a ball down the left, and the striker barges the defender off the ball fairly and turns towards goal! The ball is turned behind for a corner, which Liverpool clear, but finally a show of desire.
    • 33' Torres goes down rather dramatically under a challenge from Johnson. Referee Atkinson gives the defender a talking-to, but nothing more. The Liverpool free-kick from deep is cleared without too many problems.
    • 31' Maxi surging infield and lays the ball off for Torres, who sends a curling shot over the bar.
    • 30' Another spell of Liverpool possession in the Birmingham half, but Maxi and Gerrard both have strikes from the edge of the box blocked.
    • 28' Liverpool's superior technique shows in midfield s the ball pings around the centre circle, but they stille ventually lose the ball before Insua fouls Carr.
    • 26' We're just over the halfway point, and tame efforts from Dirk Kuyt and Emiliano Insua remain the only attempts on goal so far.
    • 25' Jerome fires over a cross to Gardner at the far post. Carragher is on hand to clear for a throw.
    • 24' Kyrgiakos comes across to intercept a ball forward for McFadden as Birmingham have their longest spell of attacking possession yet.
    • 22' The initial ball in is headed away, but only as far as Insua. The Argentine defender curls in a shot that is no problem for the keeper.
    • 21' Not a good minute or so for Hart - another back pass is going wide and the keeper just can't stop it going out for a corner.
    • 20' Torres hounds down Hart as the keeper goes to clear a back pass, and it ends up in the stands.
    • 19' Gerrard sends in a corner that Kuyt meets at the far post, but his header is blocked and the ball is hacked clear, all the way to Reina.
    • 18' Liverpool continue to see more of the ball, Jerome and McFadden are barely pressing their back four at all.
    • 16' Torres is fouled out on the right by Ridgewell. The free-kick is sent in but Birmingham clear and break after winning the second ball. Jerome can't turn past Insua and has to play backwards, losing the momentum.
    • 15' That was the game's first attempt on goal.
    • 14' Liverpool build patiently from the back again. Kuyt tries a strike from the edge of the D, but the shot takes a deflection and bounces harmlessly to Hart.
    • 13' Torres latches on to a ball forward out wide, but he can't stop it going for a throw.
    • 12' Benayoun goes n a mazy run into the Birmingham box, but between Gardner and Carr the ball is shepherded out for a goal kick.
    • 11' A Birmingham move breaks down on the edge of the box and Liverpool have space in front of them. The move ends as Kuyt's disappointing ball floats to Joe Hart.
    • 9' Liverpool are trying to pass their way through the Birmingham midfield, but are having their progress blocked at every turn.
    • 8' Ferguson pings a ball down the channel for Jerome to chase, but the striker fouls Johnson as he does so.
    • 6' The ball is chipped over the top by Benayoun for Torres, but the Spaniard's first touch with his chest takes it away from him.
    • 5' The dead ball whips across and Reina has to get low to punch it away. McFadden then wins another foul on the other flank, but this time the referee's whistle blows for an offensive foul as the ball comes in.
    • 4' Lucas fouls McFadden on the left wing. Fahey will swing the ball into the box.
    • 3' Liverpool starting to probe down the right, with Johnson linking up with Benayoun. The Israeli is finding starts harder to come by these days, but he possesses just the sort of creativity that Liverpool have so often been lacking.
    • 2' Some quick passing in midfield from Liverpool, but Lee Bowyer gets in the way to halt the move forward.
    • 1' Both sets of fans are vocal in the opening minute, as both sides get a feel for the ball.
    • 1' Birmingham kick-off and this match is underway!
    • - It's a sunny afternoon on this Easter Sunday, as the two teams give the obligatory handshakes and get ready for action.
    • - The two teams are coming out on to the St Andrews pitch now, to the tune of the Jackson Five's 'Can you feel it?'. Funky.
    • - Three points for Liverpool will see them move two points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and one behind Tottenham, although both those sides will have a game in hand on the Reds. As for Birmingham, if they win they will remain ninth. Premier League table
    • - Birmingham v Liverpool - all-time head-to-head: Birmingham 29, draws 28, Liverpool 56.
    • - Despite Birmingham skipper Stephen Carr being just one booking away from a two-match ban, the Irish full-back starts today, meaning the Blues' back five is the same as it has been since time immemorial. Cameron Jerome and James McFadden are the front two, meaning Chucho Benitez will have to make do with a place on the bench.
    • - As expected, Alberto Aquilani starts on the bench as he has not fully recovered from an ankle problem. Maxi Rodriguez returns to the starting line-up having been ineligible in Europe but Martin Skrtel (foot) and Fabio Aurelio (thigh) are no nearer returning to fitness while Albert Riera remains frozen out after his row with manager Rafael Benitez.
    • - Ngog is on the bench this afternoon. You can be sure that, should he come on, Blues fans won't have forgotten his theatrics.
    • - When these two sides met back in November, David N'Gog won a controversial penalty that spared Liverpool a humiliating defeat in a 2-2 draw against Birmingham at Anfield. Dive storm as Reds snatch draw
    • - The teams are in! Your referee is Martin Atkinson. The West Yorkshire official has shown 98 yellow cards in his 24 Premier League matches this season. That rate of 4.1 bookings per game is second only to Mike Dean. He's also sent off four players, including both Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Steven Pienaar in the February's Merseyside derby.
    • - Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Gardner, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey, Jerome, McFadden. Subs: Taylor, Larsson, Phillips, Benitez, Michel, Parnaby, Vignal.
    • - Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Benayoun, Gerrard, Lucas, Maxi, Torres, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Agger, Babel, Mascherano, Ngog, Degen.
    • - The Blues are unbeaten in their last seven top-flight games against the Reds.
    • - The last five league meetings betweenLiverpool and Birmingham have all ended as draws.
    • - Steven Gerrard has scored five goals in eight Premier League appearances against Birmingham.
    • - Liverpool have only won two of their last 13 Premier League away games and none of the last six.
    • - Liverpool have only scored three goals in total in their last nine Premier League matches on the road.
    • - Only 16 of Fernando Torres's 56 Premier League goals have come away from home.
    • - Liveprool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has assisted three Premier League goals in the past 13 months.
    • - Birmingham have the lowest tackle success in the Premier League, 70 per cent.
    • - Rafael Benitez has used 26 different players as substitutes for Liverpool this season, a Premier League high.
    • - Javier Mascherano has made a tackle every 15.4 minutes this season, more regularly than any other player in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 90' Gerrard finds N'Gog in the box with an inch-perfect long-range pass and the striker scuffs his strike! Surely that was THE chance for Liverpool to salvage a win?
    • 89' Another great contribution from Johnson as he finds Babel at the far post, but he drills into the sidenetting from an acute angle.
    • 86' Gerrard fires in a low ball to the near post for N'Gog. Hart beats him to it to punch clear and Maxi Rodriguez fires the rebound over the bar!
    • 83' N'Gog cuts back fromt he byline and the ball runs for MAXI... his strike canons off Aquilani and away!
    • 73' Kuyt cuts a ball back for Maxi, who plays it back to N'Gog, and the strike hits the sidenetting! N'Gog has had two good chances to hit the target within minutes of coming on.
    • 69' Ridgewell has space to ping in a cross over to the far post for BOWYER... the midfielder went to sidefoot with his left, and completely mised his shot! What a chance for Birmingham to take the lead.
    • 68' Johnson cuts inside and sends in a left-footed cross for N'Gog... headed wide of the near post! The home crowd enjoyed that!
    • 55' GOAL!! McFadden turns skillfully on the right side of the area and curls a cross over to Ridgewell at the far post. The full-back is completely unmarked and he knocks it past Reina from close range to level!
    • 47' GOAL!! The corner is headed to the edge of the box, and Glen Johnson horribly miscues his shot but it falls to the feet of Gerrard, who turns inside Bowyer and fires a curling shot into the far bottom corner!
    • 35' Liverpool break forward from Reina's long throw out and Torres finds MAXI... he hits the bar!! The Argentine caught the cross well but couldn't keep his shot down.
    • - Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Gardner, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey, Jerome, McFadden. Subs: Taylor, Larsson, Phillips, Benitez, Michel, Parnaby, Vignal.
    • - Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Benayoun, Gerrard, Lucas, Maxi, Torres, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Agger, Babel, Mascherano, Ngog, Degen.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • S. Carr
      • R. Johnson
      • S. Dann
      • L. Ridgewell Goal
      • B. Ferguson
      • L. Bowyer
      • C. Gardner Yellow Card
      • K. Fahey Yellow Card
      • J. McFadden Substitution Out (78′)
      • C. Jerome

      Subs

      • K. Phillips Substitution In78′
      • G. Vignal
      • M. Taylor
      • S. Parnaby
      • S. Larsson
      • C. Benítez
      • Míchel
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • G. Johnson
      • J. Carragher
      • S. Kyrgiakos
      • E. Insúa
      • S. Gerrard Goal
      • Lucas Yellow Card
      • Y. Benayoun Substitution Out (71′)
      • M. Rodríguez
      • D. Kuyt Substitution Out (81′)
      • F. Torres Substitution Out (65′)

      Subs

      • P. Degen
      • A. Aquilani Substitution In81′
      • J. Mascherano
      • R. Babel Substitution In71′
      • D. Agger
      • D. N'Gog Substitution In65′
      • D. Cavalieri
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