After The Match 

            


LIVERPOOL-LEICESTER 2-1 (1-0)      Saturday Sep 20    Premier League
Goals: Owen (pen 20), Heskey (75)            Bent (89)
Team: Dudek, Finnan, Hyypia, Biscan, Riise, Diouf, Gerrard, Smicer, Kewell, Owen, Heskey
Subs: Murphy (Smicer 76), Le Tallec (Diouf 88)
Not used: Luzi, Traore, Diao
Yellow: None
Red: None
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
Attendance: 44.094

                                                              FIXTURES & RESULTS
TEAM STATS
On target: 8-3
Off target: 11-6
Fouls: 10-9
Corne:rs 4-4
Yellow: 0-0
Red: 0-0

 

 

 

HEADLINES

"He needs to use
his attributes
more often
than he does."

                          Houllier
                        on Heskey
    

2009: Heskey unites rival bosses
2009: Liverpool fend off Leicester

 

 


SEPTEMBER 20
Heskey unites rival bosses

Ananova

Gerard Houllier and Mickey Adams were united in praise of Emile Heskey after he scored the killer goal that gave Liverpool a 2-1 home win over Leicester.

Foxes boss Adams hailed the big striker for his donation to Leicester's financial crisis last season and reckoned he would now go on and score a hatful this season.

Anfield chief Houllier insisted: "That should be the start of things, he is on the scoresheet now and that will give him plenty of confidence."

Heskey gave Leicester, his boyhood club, 100,000 last season and Adams added: "I think I have to call him boss after that!"

He said: "He is a great kid, it showed what he is all about with what he did for Leicester last season.

"He is a willing lad, and I hope that is the beginning of a lot of goals this season for him at Liverpool, I am sure it will be."

Adams was less happy about a first half incident when Steven Gerrard and Marcus Bent tangled in the box, right in front of the Kop, and no penalty was awarded.

The Leicester boss added: "I thought it was a penalty, but you do not get them in front of The Kop.

"It did not make it any better when they went straight to the other end and got their spot-kick, although I have no complaints about that decision."

Houllier was just relieved to have got Liverpool's first home win of the season.

He said: "The pressure was on the lads a bit before the game, it has been a long time since we have won here.

"And have no doubt that we have beaten a good side. They did really well to put four past Leeds and only just lost 2-1 at Chelsea.

"They kept going even when we went 2-0 up. That is what is good about English football.

"On the continent, a team 2-0 down gives up, but not here, they just keep going and they got a goal from about their only real chance and made it a bit nervy for us at the end."

But Houllier had praise for Heskey.

He said: "He has power, pace and strikes a ball superbly. He plays with finesse when maybe I am looking for something else from him.

"But he is not a nasty person and you are not going to change that - but he needs to use his attributes more often than he does."


SEPTEMBER 20
Liverpool fend off Leicester

BBC Sport Online

Liverpool earned their first home win of the season by beating battling Leicester as striker Emile Heskey also got off the mark.

Michael Owen put Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot after Vladimir Smicer was fouled by Ben Thatcher.

Leicester fought their way back into the game but suffered a setback when former striker Heskey extended Liverpool's lead.

The visitors caused some nervy late moments for the home side after Marcus Bent's late strike but Gerard Houllier's side held on for the three points after an exciting finale.

Liverpool had the poorest home record of the top five last season as they failed to find the creativity to break down defensive-minded teams at Anfield.

Leicester arrived with similar tactics by keeping plenty of players behind the ball but found it hard to contain an enterprising Liverpool.

The visitors also had to to deal with Craig Hignett having to go off after six minutes because of a hamstring injury and he was replaced by Jordan Stewart.

Liverpool were impressively passing the ball around and Foxes defender Gerry Taggart had to be at his sharpest to get in a crucial 13th minute tackle to block a shot from Smicer.

Owen seemed certain make the breakthrough minutes later but somehow keeper Ian Walker saved when the ball struck his legs before bouncing into his arms.

Liverpool intensified the pressure on the Leicester goal and took the lead from the penalty spot after Smicer had been brought down.

Owen stepped up to send Walker the wrong way and score his 16th goal in his last 16 Premiership games.

Harry Kewell went close with a shot and a header while Owen and El-Hadji Diouf also had chances to extend Liverpool's lead without success.

Leicester almost made Gerard Houllier's team pay for their misses as they battled their way back into the match.

But centre-back Igor Biscan blocked a well-struck goalbound shot from Bent just before half-time.

Leicester continued to frustrate Liverpool after the break as the home side failed to reproduce the football which helped earn them the lead.

James Scowcroft will be disappointed he did not do better with a header across the face of goal for Leicester while Steven Gerrard and Owen went close at the other end.

There was an edgy atmosphere at Anfield at 1-0 but that was relieved when Heskey added a second after 75 minutes.

Heskey scored against his former club, who grabbed a late goal through Bent which proved to be a consolation effort.


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