Wednesday December 29, 2010 Day 20 Finished Anfield

  1. Wolves deservedly stun Liverpool

    Wolves deservedly stun Liverpool

    Wolves turned up the pressure on Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson with a shock 1-0 victory at Anfield in the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game (UK only).
    • 90+4' The final whistle goes at Anfield, and Wolverhampton Wanderers have clinched a famous victory over Liverpool! The home fans show their displeasure, while Mick McCarthy clenches his fist in delight! The defeat leaves Liverpool just three points above the relegation zone, while Wolves move above West Ham at the bottom. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' Kyrgiakos wins an aerial challenge from Cole's lofted cross but the ball drifts harmlessly wide.
    • 90+2' Reina clubs the ball forward but Zubar hacks it out of play. A throw-in to the Reds is then cleared.
    • 90+1' Babel is offside again and time is running out. Can Wolves hold on for their first away win of the season?
    • 90' Kyrgiakos has been pushed up front for the injury time - four minutes of it.
    • 90' Liverpool are finally getting up a head of steam and Hennessey has to punch away impressively.
    • 89' Another substitution as Edwards comes on for Jarvis, who was making his return from injury.
    • 88' Skrtel has the ball in the net but it's disallowed as Wolves push out from a Gerrard free-kick. Risky but well organised by Wolves.
    • 87 Apologies for the delay but Liverpool still trail. They do have a free-kick here though on the edge of the box.
    • 77' Babel is offside, much to Wolves' relief, as he charges down the middle.
    • 76' Johnson goes into the book for a foul on Jarvis.
    • 75' Corner number eight for the visitors is supplied by Jarvis but Reina wins a free-kick.
    • 74' Ebanks-Blake wins Wolves' seventh corner of the night. Liverpool have only had two.
    • 74' Fabio Aurelio replaces Konchesky to cheers from the crowd. The ex-Fulham full-back isn't popular in these parts.
    • 72' Ward is receving treatment but the substitution is for Liverpool. Cole comes on for Meireles, who was pretty poor.
    • 71' Hennessey stretches to prevent a corner - Liverpool look a shadow of their former selves and Gerrard is tackled smartly in midfield.
    • 70' There's a lull in the play as the pressure begins to build on Hodgson. Must nearly be time for Cole to come on?
    • 68' Gerrard sprays a good pass to Konchesky but Babel's shot is aimless as it drifts well wide.
    • 67' Wolves are still enjoying more than fair share of possession and Jarvis nearly creeps in on the right-hand side of the box but the pass is overhit.
    • 66' Hunt gives the ball away cheaply but Babel's run leads to nothing.
    • 65' Babel is trying to get involved and he's at least working the defenders. The hosts need some inspiration from somewhere.
    • 63' Captain Kevin Foley looks certain to make it two but Johnson throws himself into a goal-saving challenge. Liverpool are all over the place at the back.
    • 62' Now it's Dalglish...
    • 62' There's plenty of jeers as Babel comes on for Ngog. Now there's chants of Rafa Benitez...
    • 61' Lucas nips in to dispossess Ward as Wolves, despite going in front, continue to press.
    • 60' Kyrgiakos stifles a shot from Ebanks-Blake after a lovely through pass by Hunt threatens to unhinge the defence again.
    • 60' Ngog's errant backheel is the latest moment to produce groans from The Kop. All is not lost yet for Hodgson's side though.
    • 59' The natives are restless, showing their displeasure when Konchesky's cross is blocked. Ebanks-Blake then wins a throw-in after a neat show of speed on the right.
    • 57' Skrtel perhaps could have cut out Ebanks-Blake's pass after Kyrgiakos' initial headed clearance wasn't great as it only fell to the Wolves striker.
    • 56' GOAL! Wolves stun Anfield by taking the lead. Ebanks-Blake puts Ward through and he just manages to get to the ball before Reina and toe-pokes it into the far corner. 1-0 to the visitors.
    • 55' Ebanks-Blake can't make decent contact with a driven cross by Elokobi and the ball cannons well off target.
    • 54' Ward hassles Kyrgiakos into a hurried clearance as his team keep up their work ethic.
    • 53' Ngog must be on borrowed time as he gives the ball away again. Ryan Babel and Joe Cole are options on the bench.
    • 52' Wolves have responded superbly to a brief spell of Reds pressure and Ronald Zubar sweeps in a left-footed shot that is fielded by a diving Reina.
    • 51' Reina gives the ball straight to Ebanks-Blake with a sloppy clearance but the men in gold fail to profit from the move.
    • 49' Liverpool look to have more mance this half and Ngog shovels a Johnson pass wide from close range. The mood is improving among the fans.
    • 49' Torres runs onto a Gerrard through ball but he's clearly offside.
    • 48' Kyrgiakos has exacted some revenge by virtually dragging the shirt off Berra in the Liverpool box. Like the earlier incident, it should've been a penalty in all honesty.
    • 47' Ngog manages to get a header in at the far post but Hennessey clutches it safely under his crossbar.
    • 46' Opta Joe tell us Reina had 14 more touches of the ball in the first half than Torres. No surprise really and he catches an early corner this half.
    • 46' Back underway at Anfield. Still goalless.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME: Liverpool 0 Wolves 0. It would be difficult to pick out which team is bottom of the table as the visitors are more than holding their own. There's some boos at the whistle.
    • 45' Ngog fouls Berra and fails to find the net after the whistle has gone. One minute of added time to be played.
    • 44' Ward is back on his heels and this enables Skrtel to cut out a through ball.
    • 43' Ngog is guilty of a clueless piece of play in midfield as he gives the ball away ridiculously cheaply.
    • 42' Jarvis' cross evades Hunt and the danger passes.
    • 41' Konchesky directs a header back to Reina but Ward's challenge on the keeper draws a free-kick to the Merseysiders.
    • 40' Berra has to watch himself during these set-pieces. He's got away with one there.
    • 38' Berra gets his huge frame in the way to block a shot by Ngog. Better stuff from Liverpool who have another penalty shout waved away when Kyrgiakos goes down in the box under more pressure from Berra. It was a clear tug of the shirt from the defender but Walton obviously didn't see it.
    • 38' Torres cleverly finds Gerrard and his cross is gathered at the second attempt by Hennessey. Liverpool's best work is coming when their star duo are involved.
    • 37' Meireles is unable to find Torres and another move breaks down. The Spaniard has been starved of service.
    • 36' Torres is crowded out on the edge of the box which sums up the half so far. Wolves are snapping and snarling and winning the loose balls.
    • 36' Wolves can be well pleased with their efforts as Anfield is pretty subdued - Elokobi overhits a cross with the box loaded with players in gold shirts.
    • 33' Ngog manages a shot for the Reds but it's straight at Hennessey who handles it comfortably. At least it's a shot on target from the home side.
    • 30 Elokobi picks up a yellow card for a foul on Lucas.
    • 27' A better move from the home side leads to Stearman slicing a Gerrard cross back to his keeper Hennessey.
    • 26' Meireles hits a dreadful pass straight through to Hennessey that prompts jeers from the home crowd.
    • 25' Jarvis plays an exquisite one-two and escapes down the left flank but he overhits his cross just when the Reds looked stretched.
    • 24' Ward's centre is gathered by Reina and Ebanks-Blake is unable to get any change out of Skrtel.
    • 23' Right on cue, Torres picks up a Kuyt pass and has a shot blocked when he should have played in Johnson down the right-hand channel.
    • 22' Liverpool need to get Torres into the game. They're being pressed hard here by dogged opponents.
    • 20' Johnson makes a timely intervention to clear an Ebanks-Blake cross. Wolves are certainly playing well at the moment.
    • 19' Ebanks-Blake dribbles a terrible shot from long range well wide of Reina's goal. Disappointing effort from the lone striker.
    • 18' Liverpool had a half-hearted penalty shout when Berra wrestled with Kyrgiakos inside the box a couple of minutes ago. Nothing doing and rightly so.
    • 17' Johnson gives the ball away and Wolves enjoy a spell of real pressure that eventually leads to a corner - conceded by Johnson at the far post.
    • 16' After Torres tees up a Lucas shot that is blocked, Gerrard's vicious centre is headed behind by Stearman for a corner.
    • 15' The first quarter of an hour has seen Wolves compete extremely well but Meireles has spurned the clearest chance. 'Where's your famous atmosphere?' ask the visiting supporters.
    • 14' Christophe Berra clatters into Meireles and concedes an obvious free-kick. The Portugal international looks like he needs treatment on a head injury but gets to his feet.
    • 13' Wolves really are putting the pressure on their opponents. The fans are getting a bit peeved with the regularity of the passes back to Reina.
    • 12' Jarvis sprints onto a decent pass by Ebanks-Blake but the highly-rated winger is flagged offside.
    • 11' Lucas wins a crunching challenge with Ronald Zubar. It's been a decent start at Anfield.
    • 10' Kyrgiakos is hounded by Ebanks-Blake but manages to clear inside this own box. Dangerous play by the centre-back.
    • 9' Reina is all at sea from a corner but Ebanks-Blake can't profit. Another corner to the visitors leads to Hunt lobbing over the top.
    • 7' Ngog is flattened and a quick free-kick by Torres puts Raul Meireles clean through on goal. Hennessey blocks the shot and the ball is headed away by Richard Stearman. A great opening
    • 6' Nenad Milijas has an ambitious shot, the first of the night, that flies into the crowd.
    • 5' Wolves are marking very closely and putting the hosts under pressure when in possession. Liverpool will need to show a bit of craft and Gerrard will be key.
    • 5' Martin Skrtel has picked up a knock but he's carrying on.
    • 4' Matt Jarvis gets back to reach a Kuyt pass intended for Konchesky.
    • 3' Reina is seeing plenty of the ball early on as it's a slow-paced start.
    • 2' Gerrard is quickly back into the groove as he launches into a flying slide tackle on Stephen Hunt.
    • 1' Gerrard switches the play to Konchesky but the defender's ball forward is cut out by Wayne Hennessey with Dirk Kuyt in pursuit.
    • 1' We are underway at Anfield.
    • 20:00 Bill Jones, Rob's grandad, is also being remembered as part of the tribute.
    • 19.58 Cohen is remembered with a minute's warm applause - the former Liverpool defender died following a motorcycle accident in his native Israel at the age of 54.
    • 19.56 'You'll never walk alone' is playing over the tannoy at Anfield. Kick-off not far off - the players are marking black armbands following Avi Cohen's sad death.
    • 19.55 Hodgson has confirmed that Gerrard will be able to play the full 90 minutes. Reds fans will be delighted to have the dynamic midfielder back in the side.
    • 19:50 Liverpool are aiming for a fourth consecutive home clean sheet in the league while Wolves have picked up a solitary point on their travels and scored a paltry five goals in their eight fixtures away from Molineux.
    • 19.45 Hodgson has warned his players not to underestimate Wolves and the men from the Black Country haven't always earned the points their performances have warranted this term.
    • 19:40 Only 20 minutes until kick-off as both sides seek a stirring end to the year. Hodgson will be keen for his side to show they can progress up the table in 2011 while McCarthy knows the pressure is on due to his team's league position.
    • 19:32 Matt Jarvis is back for Wolves in place of Dave Edwards in the only change from the match with Wigan. Steven Fletcher is only on the bench with Stephen Ward selected to help get forward to support Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
    • 19:30 So Steven Gerrard returns to captain the Reds after his injury lay-off with Roy Hodgson opting for two up front in the shape of Fernando Torres and David Ngog. Sotirios Kyrgiakos is preferred to Daniel Agger alongside Martin Skrtel and Paul Konchesky gets the nod at left-back. Joe Cole has to settle for a spot on the bench.
    • 19:28 Peter Walton is the man in the middle tonight.
    • 19:27 TEAMS: Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky; Kuyt, Gerrard, Lucas, Meireles; Torres, Ngog. Subs: Jones, Agger, Aurelio, Cole, Maxi, Babel, Poulsen. /// Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Foley, Milijas, Hunt, Jarvis, Ward, Ebanks-Blake. Subs: Hahnemann, Edwards, Fletcher, David Jones, Bent, Mujangi Bia, Batth.
    • 19:25 If past experiences are anything to go by, there may not be a lot of goals tonight. Opta Joe confirms there have only been five goals in the four Premier League games between the two sides. Opta Joe also tell us Liverpool have only scored one goal in the last 15 minutes of their Premier League matches all season.
    • 19.20 The team news will be available soon. Wolves are bottom of the table and in desperate need of a positive result on Merseyside. A shock win for Mick McCarthy's side would see West Ham become the basement side at the end of 2010.
    • 19:00 Hello and welcome to our commentary from tonight's clash at Anfield between Liverpool and Wolves. Kick-off here is at 20:00.
  • Summary

    • 88' Skrtel has the ball in the net but it's disallowed as Wolves push out from a Gerrard free-kick. Risky but well organised by Wolves.
    • 63' Captain Kevin Foley looks certain to make it two but Johnson throws himself into a goal-saving challenge. Liverpool are all over the place at the back.
    • 56' GOAL! Wolves stun Anfield by taking the lead. Ebanks-Blake puts Ward through and he just manages to get to the ball before Reina and toe-pokes it into the far corner. 1-0 to the visitors.
    • 52' Wolves have responded superbly to a brief spell of Reds pressure and Ronald Zubar sweeps in a left-footed shot that is fielded by a diving Reina.
    • 7' Ngog is flattened and a quick free-kick by Torres puts Raul Meireles clean through on goal. Hennessey blocks the shot and the ball is headed away by Richard Stearman. A great opening
    • 19:27 TEAMS: Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky; Kuyt, Gerrard, Lucas, Meireles; Torres, Ngog. Subs: Jones, Agger, Aurelio, Cole, Maxi, Babel, Poulsen. /// Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Foley, Milijas, Hunt, Jarvis, Ward, Ebanks-Blake. Subs: Hahnemann, Edwards, Fletcher, David Jones, Bent, Mujangi Bia, Batth.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • G. Johnson Yellow Card
      • S. Kyrgiakos
      • M. Škrtel
      • P. Konchesky Substitution Out (74′)
      • S. Gerrard
      • Lucas
      • D. Kuyt
      • Raul Meireles Substitution Out (73′)
      • D. N'Gog Substitution Out (62′)
      • F. Torres

      Subs

      • J. Cole Substitution In73′
      • Fábio Aurélio Substitution In74′
      • C. Poulsen
      • B. Jones
      • M. Rodríguez
      • R. Babel Substitution In62′
      • D. Agger
    • Starting line-up

      • W. Hennessey
      • R. Zubar
      • R. Stearman
      • C. Berra
      • G. Elokobi Yellow Card
      • N. Milijaš
      • S. Hunt
      • K. Foley
      • M. Jarvis Substitution Out (89′)
      • S. Ward Goal Substitution Out (78′)
      • S. Ebanks-Blake

      Subs

      • M. Bent
      • M. Hahnemann
      • D. Jones
      • S. Fletcher Substitution In78′
      • D. Edwards Substitution In89′
      • G. Mujangi Bia
      • D. Batth
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