After The Match 

            


MIDDLESBR.-LIVERPOOL 0-0                       Sat  Nov 22     Premier League
Goals:
Team: Kirkland, Finnan, Biscan, Hyypia, Traore, Diouf, Gerrard, Murphy, Kewell, Owen, Heskey
Subs: Diao (Finnan 47), Pongolle (Owen 67), Smicer (Diouf 73)
Not used: Dudek, Le Tallec
Yellow: Hyypia, Kewell             Queudrue, Doriva
Red: None
Referee: P.  Dowd (Staffordshire)
Attendance: 34,268

                                                            FIXTURES & RESULTS 
TEAM STATS
On target: 3-1
Off target: 5-7
Fouls: 16-15
Corne:rs 3-4
Yellow: 2-2
Red: 0-0

 

 

 

HEADLINES

"I think it was
a cast iron penalty."

                   Gerard Houllier

2211: Houllier rues penalty decision
2211: McLaren: Happy with a point
2211: Boro hold Liverpool

 

NOVEMBER 22
Houllier rues penalty decision

Sky Sports

Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier was left ruing another penalty decision against them after a goalless draw at Middlesbrough.

The game at The Riverside had little to offer in the way of chances or exciting football, with the shout for a penalty the biggest event of the 90 minutes.

Franck Queudrue slid in on substitute Florent Sinama-Pongolle just as the young Frenchman was baring down on Mark Schwarzer's goal, but referee Phil Dowd waved away vigorous shouts for a spot-kick.

Houllier believes it was a penalty and was disappointed not to be given the decision, in a similar incident to what occurred towards the end of the Manchester United defeat.

"I think it was a cast iron penalty," said Houllier.

"When you see the replay you see he hit the player's leg and didn't touch the ball at all.

"So we think it should have been a penalty.

"We think the referee and linesman got it wrong, but that happens in football but maybe too often for us lately but we have to accept that and keep going on.

"In the last two games we have had penalties turned down."

Houllier thought his side just about deserved the win, adding: "We deserved the win a bit more than they did.

"We lacked a clinical finish at times, we didn't have a lot of chances although we know we could have done better with the chances we had.

"It was difficult to score past them because they are very compact and they work hard.

"I was pleased that we were very disciplined and we played as a team, I don't think they had many chances even though they were the home side."


NOVEMBER 22
McClaren: Happy with a point

Sky Sports

Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren was happy with his side's point against Liverpool in their goalless draw at The Riverside.

McClaren has seen his side recover from a poor start and he was happy with another good defensive display against Gerard Houllier's side.

"Certainly, looking at the incidents during the game, it was a good performance from our team against a quality, top-four team," said McClaren.

"We've battled against them and it was never going to be a game with many chances.

"They've got quality players throughout their team but we played well and limited them to few chances.

"It continues our revival up the league.

"We are now getting respect and sides know that they are not going to get an easy game when they play against us."

Houllier was insistent that Liverpool should have had a penalty when Franck Queudrue seemed to make no contact with the ball when sliding in on Florent Sinama-Pongolle inside the box.

No penalty was given despite appeals from the visitors, and McClaren was naturally happy with the decision.

"It looks as though Franck got the ball and it should have been a corner," said McClaren.

"But it wasn't given and it went our way."


NOVEMBER 22
Boro hold Liverpool

BBC Sport Online

Liverpool and Middlesbrough played out a goalless draw at the Riverside in a game where defences were on top throughout.

The result does nothing for the visitors' continued claims that they are genuine championship contenders.

But they rarely looked like earning a win as Middlesbrough's resolute backline helped them to a fourth consecutive clean sheet in the league

Liverpool started brightly with Colin Cooper having to pull off a perfectly-timed sliding tackle to prevent Emile Heskey from a goalscoring opportunity.

Fit-again Juninho started to exert his influence for Middlesbrough, but could not control the ball when Boudewijn Zenden's driven shot rebounded to him.

For all the intricate play however, there was precious little goalmouth incident until the half-hour when Juninho sent Gaizka Mendieta in on Chris Kirkland's goal.

The Spaniard looked favourite to score but Djimi Traore appeared behind him and stretched out a leg to poke the ball away.

Referee Phil Dowd was on the spot to turn down the crowd's penalty claims.

Michael Owen had handed Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier a boost before the start by declaring himself fit for the game.

But he was kept quiet by a combination of Cooper and Gareth Southgate and when he did find some space a bad first touch allowed the ball to skid away from him.

Liverpool were slightly brighter after the break and came close when Owen linked up with Kewell.

The Australian's cross looked perfect for Heskey but he missed it by inches and Schwarzer cleared with his legs.

Owen was withdrawn with about 20 minutes to go and his replacement Florent Sinama-Pongolle brought a breath of fresh air to the Reds' frontline.

He had a chance to break the deadlock but instead fired over after Schwarzer had spilled a cross.

Liverpool threw caution to the wind in the dying stages and Sinama-Pongolle looked to have been brought down in the area by Franck Queudrue but Dowd was unimpressed.

And Middlesbrough's defence duly held firm to extend their run without conceding a goal in the Premiership to 429 minutes.


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