After The Match 


LIVERPOOL-EVERTON 0-0                    Saturday Jan 31.    Premier League
Team: Dudek, Finnan, Henchoz, Hyypia, Carragher, Hamann, Gerrard, Kewell, Cheyrou, Owen, Le Tallec
Not used: Luzi, Traore, Riise, Biscan, Murphy
Yellow: Gravesen (36)
Red: None
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)
Attendance: 44.056

                                                             FIXTURES & RESULTS
On target: 9-4
Off target: 12-2
Fouls: 7-11
Corne:rs 8-3
Yellow: 0-1





"That was a great
game of football..."

                 Gerard Houllier

0202: Gerrard thwarted, but vows to fight on
3101: Boss: The best derby in years
3101: Moyes upset over Hyypia incident
3101: Liverpool held in derby

Gerrard thwarted, but vows to fight on

By Chris Bascombe - Liverpool Echo

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is still in a state of disbelief after missing out on the chance to be a derby matchwinner.

Gerrard peppered Nigel Martyn's goal with shots during Saturday's 0-0 draw, only for superb goalkeeping and the woodwork to deny him a couple of goals.

The midfielder is relishing a more attacking role in Reds' line-up and is certain he'll break his duck from open play if he keeps playing as he is.

"I had three or four good chances," admitted Gerrard.

"Nigel Martyn made some great saves, I hit the post and I rolled one just wide, but I'll keep trying.

"If I keep getting in the right positions I'm sure I'll get one sooner or later. You have to be disciplined when you play against Everton but the system we are playing allows me to get into the box more, running from deep.

"I'm enjoying it as it's very attacking. I had a few chances and I'm sure I'll score soon. Martyn had a great game and we could easily have won if it wasn't for him.

"I thought we deserved to sneak it."

Liverpool are now looking ahead to their trip to Bolton next weekend having reduced the gap between them-selves and fourth-placed Charlton.

Boss: The best derby in years

LFC Official Website

Gerard Houllier reflected on the entertaining goalless draw against Everton at Anfield and insisted: "That was the best derby in years."

Both sides felt they did enough to take all three points at the end of an enthralling clash, but Houllier says both goalkeepers deserve great credit for preserving the stalemate.

Houllier said: "That was a great game of football and was the best derby in years, certainly the best since I came to Liverpool.

"Both teams had good chances to score but I think you have to accept that the two goalkeepers played very well. Nigel Martyn made good saves for them and I thought Jerzy Dudek was magnificent for us.

"I'm a bit frustrated with the draw because I felt we could have won it, but I'm not disappointed at all with the performance.

"Our passing and movement was good, especially in the second half, but we just couldn't score."

Moyes upset over Hyypia incident


David Moyes insisted that Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia should have been sent off during his side's 0-0 derby draw at Anfield.

And the Scot also claimed that his side should have had a penalty when Jamie Carragher looked to have handled.

A hugely entertaining Mersey battle hinged on two first half incidents.

Hyypia looked to clip Tomasz Radzinski as the Canadian raced away, and Carragher appeared to handle just before an Alan Stubbs header was brilliantly saved by Jerzy Dudek.

Moyes said: "I do not like seeing players sent off, but certainly Hyypia should have got a red card. Radzinski was through and Hyypia was the last man.

"It may have looked accidental to some, but I have seen the replay and Hyypia definitely has a look at our player before it happened.

"And as for the penalty, I have seen that too and it looked like hands. If you are going to win at Anfield you have to have the decisions going for you, and they did not with those two incidents."

Gerard Houllier saw things differently. He said: "I do not see either instances the way David did.

"It seems that whenever we play well someone comes up with claims like this. We could have had a couple of penalties too, and do you think Everton deserved to win?

"We had the better chances, certainly in the second half, and had a couple kicked off the line.

"It was the best derby I have been involved with, we may not have won the game but it was another excellent performance from our side.

"Nigel Martyn was outstanding. It is something he always seems to do to us at Anfield. I recall him having a blinder for Leeds when he was with them."

Moyes also praised Martyn. He said: "His performance was wonderful, he is certainly still good enough to play for England.

"And Alan Stubbs was a colossus at the back. When you are involved in games like this, you need people to stand up and be counted, and he certainly did that."

Liverpool held in derby

BBC Sport Online

Liverpool and Everton played out a pulsating deadlock at Anfield.

Everton's veteran goalkeeper Nigel Martyn was the hero with a string of outstanding saves to earn a point.

He denied Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard twice, tipping one drive on to a post, and also saving well from Dietmar Hamann and Jamie Carragher.

Everton also had chances, with Duncan Ferguson heading wide of an open goal and Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek making two fine stops from Alan Stubbs.

Everton opted for an attacking formation, with Wayne Rooney starting alongside Duncan Ferguson and Tomasz Radzinski.

And the positive intent of both sides showed in a sparking first 45 minutes highlighted by brilliant displays from Martyn and Liverpool counterpart Jerzy Dudek.

In the opening minutes Dudek dived bravely at Ferguson's feet, then Martyn showed brilliant agility to turn Hamann's drive over the top.

Gerrard was driving his side forward, and he was the player who suffered most at the hands of the veteran Martyn.

He raced on to Michael Owen's pass but was denied by a fine Martyn save, and was cursing the 37-year-old again eight minutes before the interval when he turned a shot on to a post.

But Everton were more than matching Liverpool, and they were furious when Sami Hyypia appeared to impede Radzinski but referee Steve Bennett waved away their appeals.

Then as half-time approached, Ferguson missed a simple header from close range following Rooney's pinpoint cross.

Dudek emulated the feats of Martyn with a stunning save from Alan Stubbs' header as Everton pressed for the opener.

Everton started the second half on the attack and Rooney shot just over the bar after working his way past three defenders.

But Gerrard was not to be overshadowed by his close friend and England team-mate, and he was then narrowly off target.

Liverpool's in-form midfield man Bruno Cheyrou, with four goals in five games, was off target after 54 minutes when he flicked Anthony Le Tallec's cross wide.

Le Tallec then almost broke the deadlock, only to see his effort scrambled off the line by Ferguson.

Dudek still had to turn aside Stubb's fiercely-struck free-kick from 30 yards as Everton still posed a threat.

Everton were under the cosh, and as time ran out Moyes replaced Rooney with the more defensive-minded Steve Watson after bringing on Francis Jeffers for Tomasz Radzinski.

Liverpool continued to press, but Everton were resolute to the end and will be delighted with a point.

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