After The Match 


Tottenham-Liverpool 0-0         Sat 10.09.05                        PL
Team: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Warnock, Garcia, Gerrard, Hamann, Riise, Cisse, Crouch
Subs: Sissoko (Hamann 45), Alonso (Warnock 69),
Traore (Crouch 77)
Not used: Josemi, Carson
Yellow: Hyypia (60)            Davids (77)
Red: None
Referee: H Webb (S Yorkshire)
Attendance: 36,148

Shots on target: 7-6
Shots off target: 3-5
Fouls conceded: 16-13
Corners: 4-4
Yellow: 1-1



HEADLINES "...we need
to improve
in terms
of attack..."
     Rafael Benitez

1209: Crouch confident the goals will start flowing...
1009: Rafa chasing cutting edge
1009: Jol pushes Carrick claims
1009: Exciting match ended goalless


Crouch confident the goals
will start flowing soon

By David Prior - Daily Post Staff

Peter Crouch believes it is only a matter of time before he hits the goal trail at Anfield after finding only frustration at
White Hart Lane.

The striker finally made his Premiership debut at Tottenham and showed glimpses of the kind of threat that Rafael Benitez had in mind when he paid 7million for the 6ft7in man in the summer.

Crouch even had a goal disallowed in an engrossing goalless draw against Martin Jol's expensively assembled side, four of whom were making their debut on Saturday.

And the former Southampton frontman is adamant that now he's over the hamstring injury and suspension that sidelined him for the early part of the season, he can soon repay Benitez's faith in him.

"As I get sharper and more fit, there's a lot more to come from me," he said.. "The manager has brought me in with away from home in mind in particular.

"Last year we were losing balls quite a bit and my role is to play higher up the pitch, keep the ball and bring others into play. Away from home that's a big asset to have.

"We've got players in the team who can score goals, but first of all we've got to defend well and once we've done that I'm sure the goals will fly in.

"The more games we play I think the better it will be. I know my role here and the manager has got a lot of faith in me.

"I believe that once I get a few games under my belt, the partnership with Djibril or whoever will blossom and I'm sure it will work okay."

Crouch was disappointed to see his goal ruled out, the assistant referee adjudging Steven Gerrard's corner to have gone out of play mid-flight.

"I was told the ball went out of play which was frustrating because obviously it was nice to see it fly in. But it wasn't to be," added Crouch.

"I think it went reasonably well today. It's a difficult place to come and they're a good side - I think they'll do things this year. In the end, we're pleased with a point."

With Fernando Morientes out injured, Benitez used Crouch as part of a two-man attack with Djibril Cisse, and the England international believes he can develop a good understanding with the Frenchman.

"It was only our first game, but he's a good player and it works well because we've got different strengths," he said. "I can hold it up and bring others into play, while he can use his pace in behind. I think it will work well.

"I'm settled in now and the lads have all been great. It'll be good to have a run of games now and really get my career going. Our league form last year was not good enough for this club and we all know that I think."

Rafa chasing cutting edge

By Mark Kendall - Sky Sports

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez admitted his side needed to find more cutting edge after their goalless draw at Tottenham.

Both sides saw goals disallowed, with Peter Crouch and Grzegorz Rasiak the men left disappointed, but Benitez conceded his side looked somewhat toothless in the final third.

"We have three clean sheets and we are better than last season in terms of defence but we need to improve in terms of attack," he stated.

However, he was adamant that the failure to bring in Michael Owen would not prove costly.

"If we score three goals next week, then everything will change," he continued.

"In football, it's easy to talk but it's better to wait.

"Everything can change. At this moment, I'm very happy with the players I have."

German midfielder Dietmar Hamann was forced off at half time in the game after taking a blow to the head, but Benitez is hopeful he will be ready for the midweek UEFA Champions League clash with Real Betis.

"I think he will be okay but he got a blow on the head and was a bit dazed," Benitez added.

Jol pushes Carrick claims

By Mark Kendall - Sky Sports

Tottenham boss Martin Jol heaped praise on midfielder Michael Carrick after the goalless draw with Liverpool.

Jol backed the former West Ham star to earn a call-up to the England squad for next month's crucial World Cup qualifiers after an eye-catching display in front of watching Three Lions chief Sven Goran Eriksson at White Hart lane.

"Michael Carrick mastered the whole midfield, he was outstanding," claimed Jol.

"I think he deserves it [a place in the England side].

"He's doing very well for us and has always been appreciated as a big talent.

"Maybe it's better to keep his feet on the ground, rather than praising him all the time, but he always plays a big part."

Jol also reserved a special mention for Polish striker Grzegorz Rasiak who hit the crossbar and saw a goal ruled out on his Spurs debut.

"Rasiak had played two internationals in four days but said he felt good. If he gets crosses in, he will score goals," he added.

Exciting match ended goalless

BBC Sport Online

Spurs debutant Gregor Rasiak and Liverpool's Peter Crouch both had goals disallowed as an exciting match at White Hart Lane ended goalless.

Rasiak's header from a corner was ruled out as the ball had gone out of play and Crouch had a similar effort disallowed for the same reason.

Rasiak was also unlucky when his header hit the top of the crossbar after an Edgar Davids strike had been parried.

John Arne Riise also hit the crossbar with fierce volley from 20 yards.

Spurs took time to work their way into the match but had the best of the early chances.

Jermain Defoe curled a shot across goal just wide before the Reds cleared after relieved keeper Pepe Reina missed an awkward cross from the lively Tottenham striker.

The game opened up into an entertaining spectacle as each side pressed for goal.

A scramble in the Liverpool six-yard box ended with the visitors' defence clearing a Ledley King shot.

Crouch then headed over for Liverpool but Spurs were almost rewarded for their efforts with the opener.

A powerful 25-yard Davids free-kick was only parried by Reina and Rasiak headed the rebound on top of the crossbar.

Liverpool stormed out of the blocks in the second half as Luis Garcia had a shot blocked by King before Spurs keeper Paul Robinson did well to parry a long-range Djibril Cisse strike.

A 20-yard Riise piledriver looked goalbound but hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced to safety.

Shooting from distance was proving a popular tactic and Spurs midfielder Carrick was next to have a go with Reina again saving.

The home side thought they had scored when Rasiak headed in from a Carrick corner but his effort was disallowed as the cross had gone out of play before it reached him.

In a bizarre twist, the same happened at the other end with Crouch's header from Steven Gerrard's corner being ruled out as each side settled for a point.

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