Saturday, December 16, 2006

Reds Put 3 Past Lacklustre Charlton

What Happened To Dirk Kuyt?

English Premiership

Charlton 0 - 3 LIVERPOOL

LIV - Alonso (PEN 3min), Bellamy (82min), Gerrard (88min);

Match Highlights:

Liverpool’s revival continued as they thrash a lackluster Charlton side 3-0. The score didn’t really flatter Liverpool and could’ve been more if only they were more clinical in front of goals with Dirk Kuyt squandering a few chances.

Charlton couldn’t have wished for a worst start when former Liverpool defender, Djimi Traore gave away a penalty. His decision to plant his foot into Pennant’s head cost Charlton dearly and Xabi Alonso stepped up to score from the spot. It was only 3 minutes into the match and already behind.

Sometimes, it’s bad to score too early, just like what Benitez said on many occasions. The players showed the hunger to go for the second but the lack of urgency was a problem. Shots rained at Thomas Myhre’s goal but many of them were off target. Pennant could’ve added a second but Djimi Traore redeemed himself with a excellent goal line clearance.

As Kuyt & Co. missed the chance to add a second, Liverpool players were clearly frustrated. Charlton then took heart and began to believe that they have a chance to score the equalizer. They start to take control and caused a few hairy moments for Liverpool’s backline as Bent, Hreidersson and Ambrose all missed the chance to break Liverpool heart.

But they got the sucker punch as Bellamy sneaked in behind their defence and scored from tight angle. It was all but over for the Addicks, as the goal took away all the belief they had earlier.

Steven Gerrard than put the icing on the cake as he scored a brilliant curler. He evaded the defenders and puts it past Myhre beautifully. It caps a brilliant performance from the captain who had a great game together with Xabi Alonso in the middle.

Another couple of goals scored away from home and Liverpool will now move to 3rd place for perhaps a few hours. Liverpool were just too good for Charlton, who looked distinctly average at times and are very much in danger of relegation. Liverpool’s failure to actually put the ball in the back of the net saved them from further blushes.

Drogballs' Thoughts: First win in that f**king yellow jersey! Haha! Anyway the score could've been much, much more if only Kuyt was luckier/more clinical (pick your choice). There were a few moments where doubts start to creep into my mind on whether we could hold on to the 1-0 lead especially after missing so many chances. "Are we going to be made to pay for all those misses?" I thought.

But Bellamy once again with a brilliant tight angle finish. I think he's more suitable to play when we're away from Anfield with opposition giving him so much space. The fact that Charlton's defence being terrible was another plus point for him to thrive on.

Gerrard and Alonso should always start as our first choice central midfielder even with Sissoko back. They gave a lot of tenacity and balance to the side. They both had an equally good game with Alonso finding his radar of passing and Gerrard doing the dirty jobs, protecting the back four while providing some flair as well. Both were rewarded with goals apiece.

Other than that, other players performed quite well with Pennant showing a little bit of quality we've hope for. Riise got a few problems with Dennis Romedahl's pace as he was outpaced on some occasions.

Overall, the performance was good just that we were not clincal in front of goals. If we're more clinical, it could've been much better and already, this result is much better than the one last season. There goes our away blues, I hope.


louis` said...

a good win! i didn't managed to watch the whole game. but when i came back and watch the last 20 minutes, they scored 2. haha.. anyway, the win is most important. looking forward to arsenal's game.


Chee Sheng said...

ah.. i woke up too late... the game started early, but i watched and have uploaded the goals...hahahaha!
great score, although im not a big fan of late goals, but i wont complain when Liverpool scores them...