Saturday March 24, 2012 Day 30 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 1 - 2 Wigan Athletic

  • Suarez 47’
  • Maloney 30’ (pen.)
  • Caldwell 63’

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  1. Wigan snatch win at Anfield

    Wigan snatch win at Anfield

    Liverpool's week to forget continued as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to relegation-battling Wigan Athletic in the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Wigan Athletic
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    • 90+6' And that's it! A week to forget for Liverpool is completed by a home defeat at the hands of the great escape artists! Thanks for joining us today - follow me on Twitter @liamhappe and let me know what you made of the match.
    • 90+5' Raking ball from Spearing fails to find Carroll and goes out for a goal kick. That could well be it...
    • 90+4' Dinked into the danger zone, but headed clear. Time's running out now...
    • 90+3' Liverpool free-kick now, 20 yards from goal.
    • 90+2' Lengthy treatment for McCarthy, who carries on but is walking very gingerly.
    • 90+1' FIVE minutes of stoppage time. Can Wigan hold on?
    • 90' Great run by Enrique and he makes the left-hand byline, but his cut-back is caught by Al Habsi.
    • 89 Caroll's headed flick-on is meeted by the run inside the area of Suarez! Shoots straight at Al Habsi.
    • 88' Corner comes to nothing, as goes a later run and cross from Sterling, who's providing a lot of energy in this late charge for a leveller at least.
    • 87' Sterling cuts inside and shoots but it's accidentally blocked by Skrtel who's also up the field in an effort to help find the equaliser. He tries for goal himself, but Figueroa intercepts at the expense of a corner.
    • 86' Sammon almost gets through on goal, but just can't control it. It comes to Watson though, whose shot is blocked by Skrtel.
    • 85' Raheem Sterling will now make his debut for Liverpool as their third-youngest ever player. Kuyt the man to make way.
    • 84' This one's taken by Suarez, and it is stopped by the wall. Flanagan retains Liverpool possession and tees up Gerrard to mis-fire a cross out for a goal kick.
    • 83' Suarez wins Liverpool their third free-kick of the game on that right-hand corner of the box.
    • 82' Di Santo comes off and Conor Sammon will play the final eight minutes at Anfield.
    • 81' Gerrard's slide rule pass is overhit and Suarez is unable to prevent a goal kick.
    • 80' Flanagan has a cross cleared by Watson.
    • 79' Caroll and Shelvey's move is calmly cut out by the visitors, who look set to make another change sometime soon.
    • 78' Kuyt fouls Watson as Wigan embark on a break-away on the right.
    • 76' Mason has to have calming words with Skrtel and Di Santo after a tangle leads to a heated verbal exchange between the two.
    • 75' Looks like Gerrard is moving forward with Shelvey on the pitch, the youngster partnering Henderson in the middle with the skipper just behind the strikers.
    • 74' Crusat is receiving treatment after being caught by Enrique.
    • 73' Downing is replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.
    • 72' This has to be the first patch of the game where Wigan have had more of the ball than the home side.
    • 71' Crusat is clattered by Skrtel as he looks to bomb down the right.
    • 70' Al Habsi takes a goal kick short. Both keepers have done so on more than one occasion so far today.
    • 69' Enrique shrugs Maloney off the ball as he looks for space on the right.
    • 67' Tails are certainly up now for the visitors, getting the ball forward frequently but not willing to commit enough numbers to have a real go for a third at the risk of a Liverpool break.
    • 66' Liverpool have had twice as many shots so far as their opponents - 14 to 7 - but Wigan have put twice as many away, which is what matters.
    • 65' Downing with a wicked ball from the left as the hosts seek a quick response... but Carroll is unable to connect properly at the far post.
    • 63' And now Wigan take a free-kick won just before the sub. Half-cleared and the second ball in ends with an onside Caldwell! He takes a touch to evade Carroll's slide and nutmegs Reina - Wigan re-take the lead!
    • 62' Beausejour makes way for Ben Watson.
    • 61' Boyce's through pass in search of Crusat goes straight to Reina.
    • 60' Maloney cuts inside before seeing an effort closed down by Spearing before Figueroa tries a 30-yarder which is nowhere near the target.
    • 59' Figueroa fouls Carroll to end a fleeting venture forward from the away side.
    • 57' Replays show the disallowing may have also been for a shove on the nearest defender before Suarez put the ball away, though I'd be shocked if that earned a yellow. I'm going to stick with the hand-ball as the chief offense until proven otherwise.
    • 56' Kuyt's cross from the left is just a little too high for Carroll, who even jumping with his natural frame cannot connect.
    • 55' He is booked for deliberate handball.
    • 54' And why? Suarez used his hand to put the ball over the line. Which seems like a massive departure from the norm for him....
    • 53' Ball is again whipped to the far post where Skrtel meets it cleanly this time... off the woodwork! Suarez on the line puts it in for 2-1... or does he? No! Disallowed!
    • 52' Figureoa is booked for a foul on Suarez, and Liverpool have a free-kick in a good area here near the right-hand corner of the box.
    • 51' Alcaraz cuts out a move between Suarez and Kuyt.
    • 50' The attack ends when Carroll fouls his marker trying to keep the move alive.
    • 49' Lovely deep cross from Flanagan is headed from danger by Boyce.
    • 48' And while it's not Carroll-orientated, Pool are back level! Suarez with the goal from close range across Al Habsi after a near cut inside from Gerrard out on the right.
    • 47' ...it's an attacking one as Henderson makes way for Andy Carroll.
    • 46' Wigan kick the second half off. And we have a change at half-time from the hosts...
    • 45+4' Henderson has a shot from the ensuing corner saved comfortably by the Wigan goalkeeper, and there's the half-time whistle. The Latics take a surprising lead into the second half following a Maloney penalty. Can they hold on? Let me know what you think on Twitter: @liamhappe
    • 45+3' Gerrard strikes from the left! Deflected effort is tipped over the bar by Al Habsi!
    • 45+2' Handball by Spearing, free-kick to Wigan just inside their own half.
    • 45+1' Four minutes of added time at the end of the half, almost entirely down to the delay before the penalty due to Moses' injury.
    • 45' Now McArthur is receiving treatment as his knee collides with the boot of Flanagan.
    • 44' Another Liverpool cross and nowhere near enough red shirts looking to meet it. Especially as Wigan make a bit of a meal of clearing this one.
    • 43' First booking of the game goes to Di Santo, who rather foolishly slides in on Skrtel to put pressure on the Reds back line as they look to clear the danger.
    • 42' Moses has tried to continue playing, but pulled up a second time a little earlier and will have to be brought off. His replacement is Albert Crusat.
    • 41' Corner is cleared but the hosts press on and Spearing has a shot closed down before a Downing cross is punched away by Al Habsi.
    • 40' Suarez! Curling drive from almost 25 yards pushed around the far post by Al Habsi at full stretch!
    • 39' Now a free-kick around the half-way line to Wigan for a hand-ball by Suarez. Insert World Cup joke here.
    • 38' Downing has a shot closed down from outside the area.
    • 37' Poor delivery, however, which fails to beat the first man at the near post.
    • 36' Henderson upends Maloney out on the left and Wigan have another free-kick near the one which eventually led to the penalty call.
    • 35' This one ends abruptly too, as the offside flag greets Kuyt.
    • 34' Gerrard takes it from the right but it's knocked out for another on the other side, which Downing will take this time.
    • 33' Corner Liverpool now, their second to Wigan's none thus far.
    • 32' Henderson dwells on the ball on the edge of the penalty area after a great series of Pool passes. Wastes the chance with his hesitance.
    • 31' Reina got fingertips on it, but that was a textbook penalty. Hard and low into that corner.
    • 30' Maloney steps up after that long delay... and hammers it low to Reina's right! Wigan lead!
    • 29' The stretcher is being prepped, Moses is in quite some agony... but eventually he walks off the pitch of his own accord. Big ovation from the travelling fans.
    • 28' Delay before it's taken here as Moses remains down inside the area. He took a high kick from Skrtel as the centre-back lunged to clear the danger. Looks like that more than Carragher's arm-pulling is the source of the spot kick.
    • 27' A free-kick from the left is cleared but Wigan close it down quickly to keep the attack flowing. Moses heads at goal but then finds his path blocked by both Carragher and Skrtel. Mason points to the spot.
    • 26' Penalty Wigan!
    • 25' Downing! Half-volleys wide of the far post! Great assist from Suarez, but Kuyt is annoyed he didn't go for the square pass to the unmarked Dutchman.
    • 24' Now it's Moses who gets caught offside at the opposite end of the pitch.
    • 22' Offside against Suarez out on the right-hand side of the penalty area.
    • 21' Figueroa heads a decent Henderson cross away from danger.
    • 20' The hosts win a free-kick given away needlessly inside their own half and start agian with the patient passing play.
    • 19' Gerrard hits a half-volley from outside the box into the ground and it bounces well wide of goal.
    • 18' Cracking challenge from Flanagan cuts out the threat of Beausejour on the left.
    • 17' The reds have had 71% of the early possession.
    • 16' Gerrard takes the short throw, but after much hesitation the attempt at an attack is swept up by Figueroa.
    • 15' Sharp Liverpool attack forward ends with nothing more than an attacking throw on the right.
    • 14' Now the visitors are beginning to enjoy some sustained possession, though the back line of the Reds are for the most part keeping them out of their final third.
    • 12' There were appeals from the left-back for a foul as he lost out, but it looked more of a hope in vain of salvaging pride at losing the ball to me.
    • 11' Moses mugs Enrique for possession and attempts to cut inside Skrtel for the shot at goal, but the centre-back manages to block on the slide.
    • 10' A scuffed shot by Suarez looks to be going wide and out for a goal kick, until Downing manages to knock it away for a Wigan throw at full stretch.
    • 9' Wigan clear their lines at the first corner of the match, but a subsequent attempt to break is also dealt with.
    • 8' Whipped towards the far post by Gerrard, Skrtel tries to head it across goal! Boyce intercepts at the expense of a corner.
    • 7' Suarez is fouled just outside the right-hand corner of the box by Figueroa. Free-kick with potential, this.
    • 6' The hosts finally starting to dictate the tempo as they were expected to do pre-game. Some neat flowing passes around the pitch.
    • 5' Liverpool win a throw-in out on that same right-hand side.
    • 4' Flanagan is unable to latch onto a Downing through pass down the right, and it's seen out safely by Figueroa for a goal kick.
    • 3' Both sides remain glued to Wigan's left wing with a series of throw-ins and some protracted head tennis battles. The sunlight appears to be part of the cause for the slow start, several players squinting and holding their arms over their eyes while trying to play.
    • 2' Moses insists he was barged off the ball by Spearing as he bombs down the right, but referee Lee Mason says the challenge was a fair one and Liverpool take a goal kick short.
    • 1' The home side get the first half started.
    • 15:00 The teams are out on the pitch at Anfield, and kick-off is coming up next.
    • 14:55 Only Wigan (8.4%) have a lower chance conversion rate than Liverpool (9.1%) in the Premier League this season.
    • 14:50 Only Wigan (7) and Wolves (5) have picked up fewer points than Liverpool (8) in 2012.
    • 14:45 Wigan have won just one of their last 14 Premier League matches (W1 D7 L6).
    • 14:40 Liverpool have won none of the last four league meetings with Wigan, with the last three in a row ending as draws.
    • 14:35 Wigan keeper Al Habsi, who starts between the sticks today, was the star of the reverse fixture just before Christmas as the relegation battlers held the Europe chasers to a goalless draw at the DW. Full report
    • 14:30 Wigan manager Roberto Martinez: "The next nine games are crucial for us and there is nothing really that we have to do different. We have to be consistent in the good things we have done and not lose focus in terms of keeping producing chances, because if you do that, in a moment we can change that little bit of luck in front of goal and start collecting more points."
    • 14:25 Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish on a 3-2 loss to QPR in midweek: "We need to find the answers and make sure that we go on and we learn from it. We were so constructive for so many parts of that game. We've conceded from a set-play, a cross and a mistake right at the death. I don't think anyone in their right mind would say we deserved that. We don't have an explanation for it but we can only do what we have done right."
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Liverpool: Reina, Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Aurelio, Carroll, Coates, Sterling, Shelvey, Eccleston. /// Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Moses, Maloney, Di Santo. Subs: Kirkland, Thomas, Crusat, Ben Watson, Gomez, Sammon, Stam.
    • 14:15 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Wigan!
  • Summary

    • 89 Caroll's headed flick-on is meeted by the run inside the area of Suarez! Shoots straight at Al Habsi.
    • 86' Sammon almost gets through on goal, but just can't control it. It comes to Watson though, whose shot is blocked by Skrtel.
    • 63' And now Wigan take a free-kick won just before the sub. Half-cleared and the second ball in ends with an onside Caldwell! He takes a touch to evade Carroll's slide and nutmegs Reina - Wigan re-take the lead!
    • 53' Ball is again whipped to the far post where Skrtel meets it cleanly this time... off the woodwork! Suarez on the line puts it in for 2-1... or does he? No! Disallowed!
    • 48' And while it's not Carroll-orientated, Pool are back level! Suarez with the goal from close range across Al Habsi after a near cut inside from Gerrard out on the right.
    • 45+3' Gerrard strikes from the left! Deflected effort is tipped over the bar by Al Habsi!
    • 40' Suarez! Curling drive from almost 25 yards pushed around the far post by Al Habsi at full stretch!
    • 30' Maloney steps up after that long delay... and hammers it low to Reina's right! Wigan lead!
    • 26' Penalty Wigan!
    • 25' Downing! Half-volleys wide of the far post! Great assist from Suarez, but Kuyt is annoyed he didn't go for the square pass to the unmarked Dutchman.
    • 8' Whipped towards the far post by Gerrard, Skrtel tries to head it across goal! Boyce intercepts at the expense of a corner.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Liverpool: Reina, Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Aurelio, Carroll, Coates, Sterling, Shelvey, Eccleston. /// Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Moses, Maloney, Di Santo. Subs: Kirkland, Thomas, Crusat, Ben Watson, Gomez, Sammon, Stam.

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      Goalkeeper
      5 6
      Defenders
      4.3 6
      4.5 5
      5.8 6
      5 6
      Midfielders
      6.5 6
      4.4 5
      Substitution Out45′ 3.3 5
      Substitution Out73′ 5.3 6
      Strikers
      Substitution Out85′ 5.6 5
      Goal Yellow Card 6.1 6
      Subs
      Substitution In73′ 2.9 5
      Substitution In45′ 3.6 5
      Substitution In85′ 4.2 6
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      Goalkeeper
      6.5 7
      Defenders
      6.3 6
      Goal 7.1 7
      Yellow Card 6.5 6
      Midfielders
      6.3 6
      6 6
      6.3 8
      Substitution Out63′ 6.1 5
      Strikers
      Substitution Out42′ 6 5
      Goal 6.8 7
      Yellow Card Substitution Out82′ 6.6 6
      Subs
      Substitution In82′ 7.3 5
      Substitution In42′ 5.3 6
      Substitution In63′ 6.4 6

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