After The Match 


CHELSEA-LIVERPOOL 0-1 (0-1)        Wednesday Jan 7.     Premier League
Goals: Cheyrou (32)
Team: Dudek, Henchoz, Hyypia, Biscan, Traore, Diouf, Hamann, Murphy, Cheyrou, Kewell, Heskey
Subs: Riise (Cheyrou 76), Luzi (Dudek 76
Not used: Smicer, Le Tallec, Owen
Yellow: Heskey (60), Diouf (76, 85)
Red: Diouf (85)
Referee: Steve Dunn
Attendance: 41.420

                                                              FIXTURES & RESULTS
On target: 2-1
Off target: 7-3
Fouls: 15-9
Corne:rs 8-3
Yellow: 0-2





"It was not good
flowing football,
it was a scrappy
one but one
we deserved."

                 Danny Murphy

0701: Boss dedicates win to Liverpool fans
0701: Murphy: Win will silence critics
0701: Liverpool dent Chelsea hopes


Boss dedicates win to Liverpool fans

LFC Official Website

Gerard Houllier dedicated the 1-0 win at Chelsea to the Liverpool supporters and Chairman David Moores and Chief Executive Rick Parry, as a thank you for their fantastic support.

The travelling Liverpool fans at Stamford Bridge cheered the Reds throughout the 90 minutes and the Reds manager says he is delighted for the supporters, who he admitted haven't had a lot to sing and shout about recently.

Houllier said: "The win comes at a good time. It has been a tough week and I dedicate this win to the fans. They have been patient and deserved this.

"I also dedicate the win to David Moores and Rick Parry. I must say the support in the camp and spirit has been wonderful.

"It was a great goal from Bruno Cheyrou and great work from Bruno Cheyrou and I thought we did really well tonight.

"Our workrate and team spirit was wonderful and I am delighted with my players.

"I thought the sending-off of Diouf was wrong. He tells me he didn't headbutt the player and the referee didn't see it, and it was the linesman that gave it. The referee has told me he will look at it again."

Murphy: Win will silence critics


Danny Murphy hopes Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Chelsea will silence their critics.

The Anfield side, reduced to 10 men late on when El-Hadji Diouf was sent off for a second booking, had Bruno Cheyrou to thank for their first-half goal.

But midfielder Murphy said the team's work ethic had helped them through.

"It was a big win for confidence because we lost to the top three sides early in the season," he said.

"We didn't play great football, it was a scrappy game but that was the way we intended it to be because we know their capabilities.

"It was not good flowing football, it was a scrappy one but one we deserved.

"We have had a lot of bad press recently and there is only one way to shut people up - win games."

Murphy also paid tribute to man of the match Emile Heskey, whose cross led to Cheyrou's goal.

"His quality was there for the creation of the goal for Bruno," Murphy told Sky Sports.

"He was awesome. He showed great strength against two big centre-halves."

Heskey felt the Reds were well worth their win. "We showed what we were capable of and we got what we deserved," he said.

Liverpool dent Chelsea hopes

BBC Sport Online

Cheyrou's first-half goal followed a fine piece of build-up play by Emile Heskey and left Chelsea trailing in the Premiership title race.

Liverpool were made to sweat late on when El-Hadji Diouf was sent off following a tangle with Adrian Mutu.

Reds keeper Jerzy Dudek also limped off late on to hand a debut to Patrice Luzy but by then Chelsea were beaten.

Chelsea must have known it was not going to be their night as early as the 11th minute as striker Hernan Crespo limped off with a pulled calf muscle, Eidur Gudjohnsen an early deputy.

Yet, surprisingly, it was the Liverpool attack which carried the most threat, despite Michael Owen's return from injury being limited to a place on the substitutes' bench.

In Owen's continued absence, Heskey played the lead striker's role following his late salvage job in the FA Cup at Yeovil on Sunday.

England striker Heskey served early notice of his intent on 13 minutes with an almost undefendable low centre across the face of goal that Cheyrou just failed to turn home.

But that combination clicked brilliantly on 32 minutes, with Heskey again the architect and Cheyrou the scorer with his first league goal for Liverpool.

Heskey did well to chest down a high ball on the half-way line and played a one-two with Cheyrou before racing out wide.

And when his second inviting low cross of the night came in John Terry was this time unable to clear, allowing Cheyrou to sweep home past helpless goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.

Chelsea's response was a Joe Cole shot which flew just wide and a stinging Lampard drive over the crossbar from an Adrian Mutu lay-off.

Gudjohnsen had earlier gone close following the home side's best move of the night, volleying wide after Cole had flicked on Makalele's pass.

But the home side were unconvincing and the home fans frustrated.

Those frustrations turned to anger midway through the second half as Chelsea's continued impotency prompted Claudio Ranieri to withdraw Cole at the expense of winger Jesper Gronkjaer.

The impish Cole was not a popular sacrifice and Gronkjaer struggled to make a further impact as Liverpool dug in their heels.

But Liverpool's cause was not helped by a late red card for Diouf for a petulant second yellow card and a thigh injury to goalkeeper Dudek, prompting a debut for Corsican-born goalkeeper Luzi.

Luzi's first job was almost to pick the ball out of the net as Mutu flicked a header against the crossbar from a corner.

But in fact his first touch in the Premiership was a fine save at the feet of Mutu as the Romanian striker looked destined to end his goal drought.

That secured a valuable victory for Houllier's side, revenge for an opening-day defeat at Anfield and means Chelsea's search for a league double over Liverpool now stretches 84 years.

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