After The Match 


Tottenham-Liverpool 2-1(0-1)           1.11.08                        PL
Goals: Kuyt (3)         Carragher (og 68), Pavlyuchenko (90)
Team: Reina, Arbeloa, Dossena, Agger, Carragher, Alonso, Mascherano, Riera, Kuyt, Gerrard, Keane
Subs: Babel (Keane 66), Benayoun (Riera 77)
Not used: Cavalieri, Aurelio, El Zhar, Hyypia, Lucas
Yellow: Gerrard (45), Carragher (66)        King (74)
Red: None
Referee: P Dowd
Attendance: 36,183
Shots on target: 3-4
Shots off target: 5-8
Blocked shots: 2-5
Fouls conceded: 18-14
Corners: 4-4
Offsides: 1-4
Possession: 43.8-56.2
Yellow: 1-2
HEADLINES "Conceding those two goals is
to explain."

Rafael Benitez
0311: Kuyt: We must be more ruthless
0311: Rafa: It's time to show our character
0211: Carragher wants reaction
0111: Benitez rues missed chances
0111: Redknapp applauds Spurs' late win
0111: Spurs off bottom as Reds are beaten 


Kuyt: We must
be more ruthless

By Tony Barrett - Liverpool Echo

Dirk Kuyt today admitted Liverpool need to become more ruthless in front of goal after the Reds missed a string of chances in Saturday’s defeat at Tottenham.

The Dutchman gave Liverpool the lead after just three minutes but a second half Jamie Carragher own goal and a last gasp winner from Roman Pavlyuchenko gave Spurs an unlikely three points.

Liverpool hit the woodwork on three separate occasions and failed to take other opportunities to put the game to bed.

And Kuyt believes Rafa Benitez’s men need to turn such dominance into goals.

“We made a good start when we took the lead early on and we controlled the game from then on,” said Kuyt.

“We should have killed the game in the second half because we had four big chances but we didn’t do that and then Spurs got two goals against the run of play and we lost the game.

“It’s unbelievable because we looked really good for a long time but then they got an own goal and then got a second from a throw in.

“Sometimes this can happen in football but we have to take our chances when they come along.”

Saturday’s defeat was the first time Liverpool have lost a league game under Benitez when they have led at half time.

It was also the first time they have suffered defeat in more than six months and Kuyt insists it is vital that the Reds bounce back from their disappointment immediately.

He said: “The most important thing we can do right now is to think about the future and put this game behind us because we are still joint top of the league.

“But next time we have to make sure we take these kind of chances and kill the game.

“It is a big blow to us because we did not deserve to lose the game.

“But now we have to put this game and this result behind us and look ahead to Tuesday’s game against Atletico Madrid.

“The manager has said we need to respond in the right way to this result and he is right.

“We can’t afford to let it get to us because we did a lot of good things against Spurs and there are a lot of positives to take from the game.

“Now we just need to keep going.”

Rafa: It's time
to show our character

By Paul Eaton - LFC Official Website

Rafael Benitez today called on his players to follow the example set by Chelsea and respond positively to their first setback of the season.

Liverpool's unbeaten run in the Premier League was cruelly brought to an end at White Hart Lane on Saturday as Spurs overcame Dirk Kuyt's early strike to run out 2-1 winners thanks to Roman Pavlychenko's last minute winner.

Despite the undeserved defeat, the Reds still lie joint top of the table alongside a Chelsea side who responded to last weekend's defeat to Liverpool with a 3-0 victory at Hull and then a 5-0 hammering of Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

And Benitez now wants to see a similar response from his players as they prepare for a Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid tomorrow night and then West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.

"Chelsea have shown that they're a good team and we have to show the same. We have to show the same character now," said the manager.

"It's football – sometimes you can win, you can lose but after this last game we don't need to be worried about the performance of the team, their character or quality.

"The key is to keep the confidence in the team and keep working as hard as we did against Tottenham and we will be there.

"We were so dominant. We were controlling the game, we were controlling everything. It was a surprise. At half time we were talking about how we needed to score a second goal to finish the game.

"It' really difficult to explain how we conceded two goals and lost this game.

"Harry said 'sometimes you need luck'and I agree with him.

"I have had some experience here in England of playing well, creating chances and conceding goals in the last minute but that' the Premier League.

"It's very difficult to win every game now because some of the other teams are really good."

After missing a series of chances to kill the game off and secure victory, Benitez is keen to remind his players of the importance of being clinical in front of goal.

He said: "We could see that the team is really good, the players have quality and the mentality is good but sometimes it's the last pass. Taking your chances is the key mentality for winning titles.

"I think we have a good mentality but we still need to take our chances.

"We've been winning without Fernando (Torres). We know when we have Fernando we have another option which is different.

"But (Robbie) Keane was doing well with Gerrard and after that (Ryan) Babel with Kuyt – it was always a threat.

"You cannot talk about Torres because the rest of the players were doing so well it would not be fair.

"Clearly when you have a striker with the quality and potential of Torres he will be a good addition for us."

Carragher wants reaction

Sky Sports

Jamie Carragher is looking for Liverpool to bounce back to winnings ways after suffering defeat at Tottenham.

The Reds slipped of the top of the table after their 2-1 loss at White Hart Lane as Chelsea moved back to the summit.

Carragher - whose own goal levelled matters at Spurs - is now looking for Liverpool respond in a positive manner.

"Look how Chelsea have reacted since we beat them and how Manchester United reacted when they lost to us," he said.

"They've been on a great run since. It's how you come back from your setbacks that counts. This will be a test for us now.

"If you want to show you're championship contenders it's how you bounce back that matters.

"Before Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea you could get away with losing five or six but now it seems to be three or four.

"The standards are so high. You can't afford to lose too many."

Fixtures against the likes of West Brom, Bolton and Fulham mean Liverpool face, at least on paper, a kind November but Carragher is taking nothing for granted.

"It's a different test in itself playing against the teams lower down," he said.

"Portsmouth was a very difficult game and we didn't score until late on.

"If we play as well as we can we should go on to win the next six games but in the past we've come unstuck in those matches and it's important we get maximum points now."

Fernando Torres should be back for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Carragher admits Torres has been missed but insists the squad should be able to cope in his absence.

"You'll always miss Torres. He's probably the best striker in the world of his type," he said.

"Even if we'd won here we would have still missed him because he's such a great player. That's what squads are for.

"That's why the manager talks every year about big squads and good benches.

"Everyone misses players. Chelsea are without Didier Drogba at the moment. You've just got to adapt to it."

Liverpool could have done with Torres' clinical touch as they let a series of chances go begging against Spurs before Carragher's own goal changed the match.

"That's the Premier League for you. Credit to Spurs but we were in total control," said Carragher.

"We should have got a second or third goal but if you don't do that Spurs have definitely got quality going forward.

"I'm disappointed to score the own goal. I don't know what happened. I don't know if I was unlucky - I'll have to see it again.

"Even then 1-1 isn't too bad at Spurs. It's not an easy place to go, even though they're in a bad situation.

"We're more than disappointed to concede a goal in the last minute. We missed a couple of chances we would normally score.

"Normally when you're in such control you go on to win the game but you have to give credit to Tottenham for showing character and sticking in there.

"Harry Redknapp is having quite an effect there."

Benitez rues missed chances

Setanta Sports

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez blasted his side’s failure to finish their chances after they collapsed to a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.

The Reds took the lead through Dirk Kuyt but were pegged back when Jamie Carragher headed past his own keeper before substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko popped up to net an injury-time winner from close range.

Liverpool had a host of chances to put the game to bed, but failed to find the target to leave Benitez railing.

The Liverpool boss told Setanta Sports: "I can't believe we lost that game, it's as simple as that.

"We hit the crossbar and had a lot of opportunities. It's always important to create chances but it's more important to score.

"We're really disappointed, it was really bad luck. Conceding those two goals is difficult to explain.

"We were controlling everything so I was pleased. We knew we'd have to score the second goal. If we'd scored then they were beaten.

"We had four clear chances in the second half but you have to take your chances.

"We could easily have been 4-0 up after 60 minutes."

Redknapp applauds Spurs' late win

BBC Sport Online

New Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp hailed his side's character after they came from behind to beat Liverpool.

"We rode our luck at times but the character was fantastic," he said after the club's 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.

Spurs move off the bottom of the table and have now collected seven points in a week, but Redknapp was quick to downplay his own impact.

"There's a smile about the place and you need to be positive with them," he said when asked about his input.

"If I'm down and miserable, they're going to be down and miserable."

Liverpool took a third-minute lead through Dirk Kuyt and the visitors had numerous second-half chances to add to their lead.

But Jamie Carragher headed into his own net in the 70th minute before Roman Pavlyuchenko converted Darren Bent's cross in injury-time to seal a valuable three points.

"We had a little bit of luck today and they were terrific, very difficult to play against," said Redknapp.

"We were more direct in the second half with two up front, I wanted to see if we could hit them earlier, and we did that much better.

"We kept going and never gave up, full credit to us."

Spurs off bottom
as Reds are beaten


Roman Pavlyuchenko pounced on the stroke of full-time to lift Tottenham off the foot of Premier League after a 2-1 home win over Liverpool.

Liverpool took the lead with just two minutes on the clock through a magnificent finish by Dirk Kuyt that saw blundering Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes exposed yet again.

Jamie Carragher's own goal appeared to have salvaged a point for Spurs but Harry Redknapp's side had grander ideas.

With injury time approaching, Pavlyuchenko tucked home a Darren Bent pass to deny the Reds their return to the summit of the table and end the top flight's last unbeaten record.

Liverpool allowed a flurry of chances to slip by, with Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso missing the pick of them, until Carragher rose high in the 69th minute to nod into his own net.

They should have been out of sight before Carragher struck while Spurs displayed more of the fighting spirit which served them so well against Arsenal in midweek.

The victory rung up Redknapp's seventh point in three games since replacing Juande Ramos a week ago, a remarkable return given Spurs' dismal position until his arrival.

It was three points dropped for Liverpool, who had Robbie Keane to thank for setting up the opening goal.

Much of the pre-match build-up focussed on Keane's first appearance against the club he left for £20.3million during the summer and the match had barely started when he made his presence felt.

The Republic of Ireland striker continued some slick build-up play by finding the unmarked Kuyt down the right - and the Dutchman found the net from a tight angle with a brilliant finish.

Keane's celebrations, however, were muted out of respect for the club he led as skipper.

Spurs' defensive woes continued with an inswinging Gerrard free-kick scrambled away by Gomes and moments later Bent nearly turned the ball into his own net.

Bent tried to make amends at the other end when he chased an astute looping ball by Tom Huddlestone but Pepe Reina raced off his line to clear the danger.

The sting had been taken out of Liverpool's early onslaught as Spurs began to retain possession, but their opponents' constant harrying in dreadful conditions made life difficult.

Vedran Corluka tried his luck from out wide on the left after being teed up by David Bentley but his effort sailed wide.

The Spurs defence was opened up in the 29th minute when Kuyt nodded the ball down to Gerrard, who expertly weaved his way into the penalty area - however, his shot lacked the quality of the approaching run.

A desperate pass from Alvaro Arbeloa gave possession back to Spurs and the home side were holding their own in a keenly contested midfield battle.

But a dangerous run by Albert Riera underlined the threat posed by Liverpool as the ball was worked to Keane, who saw his shot easily blocked by a small posse of white shirts.

Reina was presented with a far tougher challenge at the other end in the 41st minute when he pushed aside Luka Modric's impressive effort from the edge of the area.

The ball slipped under the legs of Xabi Alonso's legs, leaving Reina with little time to react, but the Spaniard's reflexes were equal to the task.

Harry Redknapp brought on Pavlyuchenko at the interval and the second half was just moments old when the Russian dragged a shot wide.

Spurs were concerned when Kuyt charged towards the goal, with the ball popping up to Gerrard - whose shot was tipped onto the right corner of the woodwork by Gomes.

The England midfielder, spotting Gomes was stranded, then tried a looping shot from out wide but only found the top of the net.

Gomes flapped as Alonso sneaked in at the far post but the Spaniard's header slipped wide when he should have hit the target.

Liverpool should have been out of sight as the match but the visitors equalised against the run of play when Carragher, under pressure from Ledley King, headed a corner into his own net.

And the majority of the White Hart Lane supporters were delighted when Pavlyuchenko tucked home Darren Bent's pass to complete the comeback.

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