After The Match 


Everton-Liverpool 1-0 aet (0-0)          4.2.09               FA Cup
Goals: Gosling (118)
Team: Reina, Arbeloa, Dossena, Carragher, Skrtel, Lucas, Alonso, Gerrard, Kuyt, Riera, Torres
Subs: Benayoun (Gerrard 16), Mascherano (Riera 80),
Babel (Torres 101)
Not used: Cavalieri, Hyypia, Agger, El Zhar
Yellow: Lucas (50,76), Alonso (89)
Cahill (19), Pienaar (43), Neville (48), Arteta (70),
Hibbert (113)
Red: Lucas (76)
Referee: Alan Wiley
Attendance: 37,918 
Shots on target: 6-4
Shots off target: 7-2
Blocked shots: 2-5
Fouls conceded: 20-18
Corners: 4-8
Offsides: 4-3
Possession: 53.9-46.1
Yellow: 5-2

HEADLINES "The key now is how we react to
this defeat."
Dirk Kuyt
0502: Kennedy rues 'irreplaceable' Gerrard blow
0502: Kuyt remains positive
0502: Gerrard to miss three weeks
0502: Rafa: "Tired" Gerrard hamstrung
0502: Toffees boss keeps feet on ground
0402: Gosling dumps out 10-man Reds

Kennedy rues
'irreplaceable' Gerrard blow

By Tom Kell - Setanta Sports

Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy says the club cannot succumb to the temptation of rushing Steven Gerrard back.

Gerrard limped out of The Reds’ FA Cup fourth round replay with Everton less than 20 minutes in with what has subsequently been diagnosed as a torn hamstring.

Rafa Benitez must do without his skipper for a three-week period that includes league games with Portsmouth and Manchester City as well as the small matter of a Champions League date with the manager’s long-time suitors Real Madrid.

“It’s a massive blow to Liverpool Football Club,” Kennedy told Setanta Sports News. “Steve has been tremendous this season both in making goals and scoring goals. He’s just about irreplaceable.

“Hamstrings are a tricky thing as we’ve seen with Fernando Torres. We’ve got to be careful we don’t damage Steven too much – it does take time.

“I did express my concern when Robbie Keane did leave because we’re short of firepower up front.

“There’s a lot of responsibility on Ryan Babel or maybe Dirk Kuyt to play the role should Torres get injured. Liverpool know what they’ve got to do – they’ve got a big ask ahead.”

Kuyt remains positive

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

Dirk Kuyt says Liverpool must remain positive.

The Reds crashed out of the FA Cup last night thanks to a deflected goal at Goodison. Kuyt says they have to put this defeat behind them and concentrate on the league and European Cup.

"Obviously we are all really disappointed to lose a game so late on because it did not look like they were going to score," said the Dutchman.

"That is football though and now we just have to keep going and look forward.

"We have lost one of our targets but we still have two more to go for because we are still in the Champions League and we are fighting for the Premier League title, so we cannot afford to be too downhearted.

"The key now is how we react to this defeat. The positive thing from our point of view is that on the two other occasions we have lost games this season we managed to come back in the weeks that followed.

"That is what we must do now."

Gerrard to miss three weeks

Sky Sports

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard faces three weeks on the sidelines after suffering a torn hamstring.

Gerrard was forced off early on in Wednesday's FA Cup relay defeat at Everton after picking up a hamstring problem.

Scans have confirmed Gerrard has suffered a tear to his left hamstring which is likely to rule him out of action for up to three weeks.

It means Gerrard will miss this weekend's trip to Portsmouth as well as England's friendly with Spain next week.

The news is a massive blow to Liverpool's title challenge as their talisman will also miss the home clash with Manchester City on 22nd February and possibly the UEFA Champions League tie with Real Madrid three days later.

A club spokesman told Liverpool's official website: "A scan today has confirmed a tear in the hamstring of Steven's left leg. He will be out of action for about three weeks."

Rafa: "Tired" Gerrard hamstrung

Football 365

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is waiting to learn the extent of captain Steven Gerrard's injury after he was forced off during the FA Cup defeat at Everton - and says fatigue was to blame.

Gerrard was taken off early in the game at Goodison Park with a hamstring injury, will not play at Portsmouth on Saturday and is almost certainly out of England's friendly next Wednesday against Spain in Seville.

Benitez said: "Steven Gerrard will have a scan on Thursday to see the extent of the injury, we do not really know yet.

"Steven was tired, and he gets injured. He was tired, too, at Wigan but when I took him off there everyone was saying he had to play every single minute of every match. Now you have seen the consequences.

"He asked to be taken off, you could see at Wigan he was struggling and the same thing happened here."

Benitez also made a sarcastic reference to the fact England made Gerrard travel to London to assess a previous injury before accepting he was injured earlier this season.

He continued: "Maybe he will have go down to London again like last time for a scan to prove he is injured."

Liverpool were struggling from the moment Lucas was sent off in the second half of normal time and an extra-time goal from youngster Dan Gosling sent the Toffees through.

Benitez said: "We are really disappointed, to play for a long time with 10 men and to concede like that from a deflection at the end, you have to be disappointed.

"The turning point of the game was the second yellow card for Lucas, I was not happy, but I do not want to say anything about the referee."

Toffees boss keeps feet on ground


David Moyes has warned Everton fans not to get too carried away with the memorable 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Liverpool.

Teenager Dan Gosling struck the injury-time winner on Wednesday night to set-up a fifth-round home tie with Aston Villa on February 15.

The Toffees boss, however, urged fans to keep the win in perspective.

Moyes said: "We haven't won the cup just yet. It was a great result and everyone was really desperate for it. But let's not think the cup is already here, there is a very, very long way to go yet.

"We are in the fifth round, but the draw has not been kind to us. First we had to beat Liverpool and now we have Aston Villa next."

Moyes was proud of his team but had special praise for match-winner Gosling.

He said: "I'm proud of them, but there is more to come. I enjoyed that one, but we move on now.

"I was delighted with the two youngsters, Gosling and (Jack) Rodwell, to come on in such an important cup tie and play as well as that.

"But it says, too, a lot about the other players. We have had so many injuries and we picked up more during the match, it meant we were looking around to see what we could change.

"So it was the young boys who had to come on and I did not have any worries putting the two lads on. They had the energy we needed, and it was not a worry for me to put them on.

"Gosling is a really good lad, he wants to learn and is a good trainer."

Gosling dumps out 10-man Reds


Teenager Dan Gosling won the Merseyside FA Cup battle for Everton with a winner deep into extra-time to dump out 10-man Liverpool.

The 19-year-old from Plymouth, in only his fifth appearance for the club, scored in the 118th minute to finally break the spirit of 10-man Liverpool.

Everton now face Aston Villa in the fifth round on February 15.

Liverpool ended in disarray. Robbie Keane sold, Steven Gerrard limping away after just 16 minutes, while Fernando Torres was withdrawn, exhausted, in extra-time.

They had been facing defeat from the moment Lucas was sent-off with 14 minutes of normal time left.

The Brazilian midfielder became the 23rd player to be dismissed in Merseyside derbies, with 16 of those coming in the last 10 years.

It summed up a fourth-round replay that was a war of attrition from the start between sides meeting for the third time in 17 days.

Everton had Marouane Fellaini back from suspension after missing the two derbies last month, while Liverpool left out Javier Mascherano and Fabio Aurelio, utilising Lucas and Andrea Dossena.

A simmering disdain was obvious. A match that was once the friendly derby turned into a nasty, spiteful one.

Neither manager had helped in the build-up as they sniped away at each other.

Reds boss Rafael Benitez had moaned about Everton's defensive tactics and physical approach while David Moyes claimed Liverpool were treated leniently by officials while asking for referee Alan Wiley to take a firm stance.

On the pitch the atmosphere was no better, and the Staffordshire official needed to be right on top of things.

He booked Tim Cahill after just 19 minutes for a flaying arm into Jamie Carragher's face, and lectures were dished out to Xabi Alonso, Lucas, Fellaini and Steven Pienaar.

There had been disruption for both sides beforehand.

Everton left out Victor Anichebe from their squad following his training-ground bust-up with Moyes, while Liverpool were surely distracted by the Keane saga.

And with the ink barely dry on transfer forms that had taken him back to Spurs, it was predictable that Liverpool found need for the Irishman after just 16 minutes.

They suffered the a savage blow when Gerrard pulled up with a hamstring problem and was replaced by Yossi Benayoun. If Keane had been around he would have been the ideal replacement to play behind Torres.

As it was Dirk Kuyt was shifted into a more central role, and Liverpool had lost their driving inspiration.

Liverpool tried to impose their passing game on Everton, who responded in their usual way.

Pienaar was booked a foul on Lucas, while the only genuine shots in the first half came from Alonso with a 25-yarder that skidded wide, while Leon Osman volleyed over from the edge of the box.

The second period started with Benayoun and Kuyt switching roles while Phil Neville and Lucas both picked up bookings.

Everton were soon to lose the injured Fellaini, teenager Gosling taking over.

That left Everton without any real threat in the air, and they were forced into another change when Pienaar - who had seemed to be struggling with a hamstring problem - was replaced by youngster Jack Rodwell.

Tim Howard needed to make a decent smothering save when Alonso's angled pass sent Albert Riera into the box.

Mikel Arteta had been pushed forward to help Cahill, Everton's resources stretched almost to breaking point.

Chances were rare. A Gosling shot failed to worry Jose Reina, while Howard pulled down a Kuyt header.

Liverpool's own sloppiness eventually allowed Everton the best chance so far.

Possession was squandered and Arteta passed for Leon Osman to hit a post.

Arteta was booked for a foul on Riera, but after 76 minutes Liverpool were reduced to 10 men when Lucas's daft trip on Joleon Lescott gave Wiley no choice but to brandish a second yellow and then red.

Mascherano was soon sent on to shore up the centre, Riera being sacrificed.

The flow of cards continued. Alonso being cautioned for a foul on Tony Hibbert with a minute of normal time to go.

In the first period of extra-time, Everton penned Liverpool back, Cahill having two efforts wide and missing a Leighton Baines cross.

Osman also went close twice before Liverpool took off Torres - played off the park by Phil Jagielka - and sent on Ryan Babel.

Andy van der Meyde came on for Neville, Everton searching for the moment to break Liverpool's resistance. Hibbert became Everton's fifth booking for a foul on Alonso.

And in the 118th minute, Everton went ahead.

Van Der Meyde's cross from the right was controlled by Gosling on the left, and his deflected shot went in off the far post.

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