BLACKBURN-LIVERPOOL 3-4 (1-1)
Wed Oct 29 Carling Cup -
|| Murphy (41 pen), Heskey
(50), Heskey (62), Kewell (79)
Yorke (35, 94), Ferguson (81)
Kirkland, Biscan, Hyypia, Henchoz, Traore, Murphy,
Le Tallec, Diouf, Sinama-Pongolle, Heskey
|| Riise (Hyypia 46), Kewell
(Pongolle 46), Hamann (Gerrard 82)
FIXTURES & RESULTS
"I was sure the players
would shown common sense and play
and they did."
3010: Heskey earns Houllier praise
2910: Heskey sinks Blackburn
Gerard Houllier called it "ironic fate" as Lucas
Neill and Blackburn suffered a bad case of deja vu
against Liverpool at Ewood Park.
Neill was sent off as Liverpool triumphed 4-3 in the
Carling Cup third round - making his first start since a
three-game ban for breaking Jamie Carragher's leg in the
Premiership fixture between the clubs last month.
There was no sign of the bad blood that has existed
between Houllier and Graeme Souness as a result of the
Carragher injury in the previous match, but the outcome
was just the same.
Liverpool now face another Lancastrian test against
Bolton in the next round but
Houllier was jubilant about his side's display, not
least two goals from Emile Heskey.
Houllier said: "I want to underline the quality and
spirit of the game - I was sure the players would shown
common sense and play good football and they did.
"We played well and got a good result and could have
scored more but we have to give credit to the fact that
Blackburn wanted to give a good account of themselves.
"We could have been more clinical but it was a youthful
side and they wanted to score a fifth goal, which isn't
a bad thing but they got a bit carried away."
Houllier said Heskey deserved the match ball, adding:
"He scored two and could have scored two more. I told
him afterwards I was pleased he missed some chances
because that meant he was getting into the positions and
that happens to every striker."
As for the incident which led to Neill's departure from
tripping Florent Sinama-Pongolle in the box, the
Liverpool boss added: "He was the last defender, I don't
think the referee had an option. It was ironic fate I
Heskey sinks Blackburn
BBC Sport Online
Emile Heskey scored twice as Liverpool extended
Blackburn's miserable run of form with a comfortable win
in the Carling Cup.
The Reds striker should have completed his hat-trick but
failed to convert his team's second penalty of the game.
The first spot kick had been converted by Danny Murphy
after Lucas Neill had been sent off against Liverpool
for the second time this season.
Blackburn had taken the lead through Dwight Yorke but
Liverpool took advantage of their numerical advantage to
cement their place in the fourth round.
Harry Kewell scored a fourth for Liverpool before Barry
Ferguson and Yorke redcuded the deficit.
In a game of many chances, the scoreline could have been
much higher but for some abysmal finishing.
David Thompson almost opened the scoring with a powerful
long-range drive that drifted narrowly wide while
Ferguson went even closer, shaving the top of the
Liverpool crossbar with a neat free-kick.
Blackburn eventually broke the deadlock after 35
Yorke, back in the Blackburn starting line-up, superbly
heading home a Thompson cross from the right after the
Rovers winger had easily eluded Sami Hyppia.
Liverpool equalised shortly afterwards with a clinical
penalty from Murphy.
The spot-kick had been awarded after Lucas Neill clipped
Florence Sinama-Pongelle's back leg with the Reds
striker through on goal and poised to shoot.
Referee Mike Riley wasted no time in sending Neill from
the field for a professional foul.
The match was Neill's first after completing a
three-match suspension for his challenge that broke
Jamie Carragher's leg the last time Liverpool met
Heskey should have put Liverpool in the lead shortly
after half-time but, clean through on goal, lost his
composure and blazed wide of the target.
But minutes later, he atoned for his miss with a superb
header, guiding El Hadji Diouf's cross past Brad
Heskey almost scored again after 54 minutes, but the
striker shot over after latching onto a low cross at the
Kewell spurned an excellent chance to put the visitors
further ahead after 60 minutes but drilled the ball wide
of the target when clean through.
But the miss did not prove costly, with Heskey once
again converting a Diouf cross shortly afterwards.
Blackburn had opportunities to force their way back into
the game, with Andy Cole guilty of a glaring miss.
The Reds should have then sealed their win when they
were awarded a second penalty after Vratislav Gresko was
adjudged to have fouled Kewell.
But Heskey spurned the chance to complete his hat-trick
with a weak penalty the Friedel easily saved.
Heskey missed another great chance before Kewell scored
Liverpool's fourth, converting another Diouf cross.
Ferguson scored with 10 minutes left, his first goal for
Blackburn to give the home team a glimmer of hope.
Yorke found the net again to give the scoreline a
respectable look, but the goal came with virtually the