After The Match 


Tottenham-Liverpool 2-1 (0-1)        28.11.10                        PL
Goals: Skrtel (42)    Skrtel(66 og), Lennon (92)
Team: Reina, Johnson, Konchesky, Carragher, Skrtel, Lucas, Meireles, Maxi, Kuyt, Ngog, Torres
Subs: Aurelio (Ngog 74), Kyrgiakos (Carragher 87)
Not used: Jones, Shelvey, Babel, Poulsen, Jovanovic
Yellow: Meireles (24), Konchesky (29), Carragher (41),
Skrtel (60), Johnson (88)
Red: None
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Attendance: 35,962

MATCH-REPORTS                                             TABLE
Shots on target: 8-4
Shots off target: 8-4
Blocked shots: 4-9
Fouls conceded: 6-18
Corners: 5-8
Offsides: 1-2
Possession: 50-50
Yellow: 0-5

HEADLINES "I'm very disappointed because I didn't feel we deserved
to lose
this game."
Roy Hodgson
2911: Konchesky holds hands up
2811: Roy's Spurs verdict
2811: Lennon grabs late win for Spurs


Konchesky holds hands up

By Jimmy Rice - LFC Official Website

Paul Konchesky today accepted responsibility for his part in Tottenham's winning goal on Sunday - and spoke of a determination to up his game as he continues to settle on Merseyside.

The left-back told he was 'gutted' by the manner of our 2-1 defeat following an injury-time winner by his direct opponent Aaron Lennon.

It came after an impressive display from those in red - and Konchesky believes there were still many positives to take from White Hart Lane.

The 29-year-old said: "Straight after I knew that I'd have to hold my hands up, but we also had chances to win the game. That's part of football and we've got to try and take the positives out of the game.

"I was gutted (with the winner). Being the last minute as well, it didn't give us any time to get back into the game. But that's life, we've got to put it behind us, and I've got to put it behind myself for the next game."

Asked how he was settling into the team after a summer transfer from Fulham, Konchesky added: "It's taken me a while, and I got injured early on so I'm just getting back to playing at full fitness now. I'm getting used to the atmosphere and the people surrounding the team.

"There is a lot of pressure here but it's a good pressure. The fans want you to be in the top four because that's where Liverpool belong.

"I've got to up my game. Where I've played before has not been as high a standard as Liverpool, but this is a good pressure."

Despite the defeat, Konchesky - who was managed by Hodgson at Fulham - thinks there is evidence that Roy Hodgson is now imposing his brand of football on the team.

"I can see signs that we're starting to play in the style he wants," said the defender. "The more we work on it on the training ground, the more the players get used to what the manager wants.

"We're taking it into games. The performances have been of a much higher standard in the last two games.

"It's about organisation and a lot of hard work. Players filling in for each other when someone's out of position.

"I think the team is becoming organised in the system."

Roy's Spurs verdict

By Steve Hunter at White Hart Lane - LFC Official Website

Roy Hodgson was left to lament a double blow after his side's last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur was compounded by an injury to Jamie Carragher.

Martin Skrtel had given the Reds a first-half lead, only to then deflect a Luka Modric cross beyond his own 'keeper Pepe Reina for the equaliser.

Carragher left the field with what appeared to be a discloated shoulder before Aaron Lennon slotted home the winner, leaving Hodgson frustrated.

"I'm very disappointed because I didn't feel we deserved to lose this game," Hodgson told his post-match press conference.

"It was especially disappointing because it came at a time when we had to reorganise our defence when Jamie Carragher had to leave the field.

"It seemed to be a cruel way to come away from a game where we played well only to end up with nothing and losing our talismanic centre-half.

"We then paid the price for not dealing with a very simple long ball which caught us unaware and Lennon then used his pace and sneaked in to score the winning goal.

"I'm finding it hard to come to terms with the fact we have got nothing out of this game, but the result is not going to change with me being disappointed.

"We had plenty of chances in the game and we played well enough to have put this game to bed before half-time and then just after the interval, but we didn't do so and then you always run the risk of the other team getting themselves back into it.

"Tottenham are a very good attacking team and they certainly asked lots of questions of us, but I thought we asked plenty of questions of them as well."

Hodgson was also quizzed by reporters about whether he felt his team should have had a penalty when Dirk Kuyt went down in the area under a strong challenge from Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

He added: "I haven't seen it again but we are football coaches and we are also fans and we see things from our own point of view.

"Of course from my position on the bench I thought it was a penalty, but I haven't seen it again. It was obviously very close, put it that way.

"I was a bit distressed at first when Tottenham got a penalty, but having seen it back on the slow motion on the video it shows David Ngog has got no right to jump in that way and therefore a penalty was right against him."

Journalists also asked Hodgson if he felt Fernando Torres was suffering from a crisis of confidence.

Hodgson said: "I think he's getting much better and crisis in confidence is too strong a phrase. His confidence is good.

"Because Fernando sets such very high standards he will be disappointed he didn't take one of the chances that came his way, but I was pleased with Fernando today. He and Ngog were very good up front and we created a lot of chances and some good opportunities."

Hodgson was also asked for his verdict on the FA Cup 3rd round draw which will see the Reds face a trip to Old Trafford to face arch rivals Manchester United.

The boss added: "I think it will be a good game and it is one we will look forward to.

"In many ways it is a shame to see two Barclays Premier League teams face each other so early on in the competition, but it will be a difficult game for them as well as for us."

Lennon grabs late
win for Spurs


Aaron Lennon kept his cool to convert a stoppage-time winner as Tottenham came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

An incident-packed game looked certain to end in a 1-1 draw after Martin Skrtel netted at both ends and sub Jermain Defoe also missed a penalty.

Several other clear-cut chances went begging for both sides before Lennon became the hero to move Spurs to within a point of fourth-placed Manchester City and back to six of the summit.

It was the second time in eight days, and the fifth time this season, Tottenham had come from behind to win a Premier League game.

Sunday's match was the first meeting between the sides since Tottenham usurped Liverpool as a member of the top four and one of England's Champions League flagbearers, a mantle they have assumed with aplomb.

They suffered a blow early on when they lost Rafael van der Vaart to injury in the 12th minute, the midfielder having been passed fit to play after an ankle injury.

Replacement Defoe curled a left-foot volley at Jose Reina before the lively Maxi Rodriguez forced a fine fingertip stop from Heurelho Gomes, who then improvised a save to turn Dirk Kuyt's angled volley behind.

Raul Meireles was cautioned midway through the half for felling Gareth Bale in full flight and referee Martin Atkinson had his yellow card out again for Paul Konchesky on the half-hour after a brilliant 40-yard run by the Tottenham winger.

A minute later, Defoe should have put Spurs ahead when Reina spilt Luka Modric's cross to leave him with an open goal but Jamie Carragher threw himself in front of the ball to block.

It was frantic stuff and David Ngog then powered a header wide from Kuyt's cross before Spurs suffered another blow when Younes Kaboul hurt himself after being hit by a Fernando Torres shot.

Sebastien Bassong came on for the final nine minutes of the half, which saw Gomes almost fumble Meireles' speculative shot into his own net and Carragher carded for tripping Modric in full flight.

Liverpool then snatched the lead when Spurs made a complete hash of trying to clear Meireles' flighted free-kick and Skrtel pounced to prod the ball past Gomes.

Maxi and Torres could have doubled the deficit in stoppage-time but the former fell over his own feet with only the goalkeeper to beat and the latter was thwarted by a brilliant last-ditch Bassong tackle.

Incredibly, Lucas Leiva sent Torres clean through again a minute after the restart and hesitated long enough to allow Bassong to challenge.

But Spurs were unlucky not to level in the 52nd minute when Lennon's cross eventually dropped to Bale and his vicious shot somehow found the head of Meireles on the line.

Atkinson was not interested when Peter Crouch went down in the box but did penalise Carragher for a challenge on Defoe which led to a 61st-minute Tottenham penalty.

In a repeat of the spot-kick they were awarded at Arsenal the previous weekend, Bale blasted a free-kick which Ngog inexplicably handled.

Skrtel was booked for disputing the award but it did not matter as Defoe dragged the penalty wide, Spurs' fourth miss from the spot this season.

However, an inspirational run from Modric did see Spurs equalise four minutes later, the midfielder jinking his way into the box.

Skrtel tried to cut out his cross but could only turn the ball past Reina.

Kuyt was adamant he should have had a penalty following a strong challenge from Benoit Assou-Ekotto but Atkinson was unmoved.

The visitors were forced to replace Ngog with Fabio Aurelio for the final 15 minutes.

Neither side were settling for the draw and Bale saw another effort blocked when his volley crashed into a crowd of Liverpool players.

The impressive Meireles also sent a beautifully-struck left-foot shot inches wide from 25 yards before the Reds lost Carragher for the final four minutes to a shoulder injury, Sotirios Kyrgiakos replacing him.

Glen Johnson was booked after leaving Bale in a heap, with light snow beginning to fall in north London.

Defoe then netted what he thought was a brilliant last-minute winner but he was offside lashing the ball home.

But, two minutes into stoppage-time, Lennon sealed another incredible Spurs fightback when he raced onto Crouch's flick and fired past Reina.

Defoe was immediately withdrawn for Sandro and Lennon almost made it 3-1 with another barnstorming run.

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