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  • Writer's picturePhilip Ian Murray

Silly defensive errors, missed chances and Liverpool score four

For a change I was slightly optimistic about the home game against Liverpool. We won last week at Wolves and kept a clean sheet, Wissa was back from AFCON (and so was Onyeka but he is not good enough to be a regular starter), plus Liverpool had a lot of injuries. Unfortunately, Pinnock was injured and that turned out to be really important. We started very well and had the players had their shooting boots on we should have been at least one goal up. Then we had a free kick just inside our half taken by Flekken (who had another good game making several excellent saves but had no chance with any of the goals). Everybody was up except for Reguilon and the ball was cleared upfield and he allowed Jota to head the ball in front of Nunez who brilliantly chipped Flekken to open the scoring in the 35th minute. In the second half we played to our weaknesses i.e. continually giving the ball away (aka passing directly to an opponent) and they scored three more times mainly due to defensive errors by our centre-backs. As he did in the home game against Wolves, Collins did his best to become the opposition's 12th man. They even hit the crossbar in time added on. We improved when Wissa and Lewis-Potter came on as subs and Toney should have had a penalty when he was bundled over by Robertson. It hardly mattered as a few minutes later in the 75th minute we got our consolation goal (we were 0-3 down by then) with their keeper making a great save (he made another one later from Toney) from Reguilon but Toney smashed the rebound home. So had we taken our chances and not made so many defensive blunders then through my rose-tinted specs a 2-2 draw would have been a fair result. Easy game up next - away to Man City!


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