Red faced at Reading

2 01 2010

It was made perfectly clear by the gaffer, Rafa Benitez that Liverpool’s only chance of silverware this season (domestic silverware i.e.) would be the FA Cup. And they made their intentions clear by playing a rather strong squad with the only changes being the introduction of Stephen Darby in place of the injured Glen Johnson and David Ngog in Benayoun’s place.

But this didn’t stop championship minnows, Reading, from controlling the first half of proceedings. With less than half of the first half gone, Church scored for the championship strugglers. It seemed to be mildly offside but this was no excuse for Liverpool for dropping their guard! Clearly, Reading were asking all the questions. Most disembowelments are more   fun than the train wreck that is the lfc backline. To add to Liverpool’s cosmic-karmic-worries, delightfully enough  whenever the current ref has presided over a Liverpool match, the reds have never won! Bad Feng Shui… or maybe just sloppy defending!

However a slew of sweet passes from the reds almost yielded a goal for  the reds suggesting that the reds weren’t completely somnambulatory. Thankfully a dash of insight from Steven Gerrard, a smattering of Dirk kuyts pace coupled with   readings lack of class yielded a goal and once againg put kuyt among the goals!! Now we were in business!!!

The first half ended with Fabio Aurelio missing his third opportunity to score a goal in less than 20 minutes.It was interesting to note at this juncture that racing sat 2points above the drop zone and lfc were 2points below their ‘dropzone’!

Getting back to the match, reading almost went 2-1 up if it wasn’t for a valiant dive to the left by Reina. Lfc had gone into their shell again. When the reds did come out of their shell it was with sloppy clearances galore! Not to mention ‘give the ball away cheaply’ syndrome.

Liverpool continues to play keepy uppy while Aquilani got suited up ready to come on amidst smart ass comments by the comentators about the ‘italian job’. Ngog was replaced by Aquilani while reading goalkeeper, Frederici hobbled off as well.

Time was trickling away and Reading were looking at a lucrative replay at Anfield. Lfc wouldn’t like that at all!! Reading continued to ask questions while making substitutions on a rather regular basis to  disturb the damp lfc backline not to mention their soporific midfield. However Torres looked like the only player in a red jersey really interested in a win! Benayoun was getting kitted up, on the sly. He came on for Aurelio.

Maybe if I went to the loo lfc would score with less than ten minutes to go… A full bladder needed a visit to the loo and when I got back….. much to my dismay, the score remained unchanged. And so did the fact that Reading were still asking all the questions.

The 90 minutes plus stoppage time disappeared as Reading fully deserved a replay from this match. Liverpool wouldn’t be happy at all with this result. The match ended in a 1-1 draw and Liverpool have to win the replay!



One response

2 01 2010

This is not a good sign for the Reds. Liverpool should have killed em but they didn’t Reading stinks. Maybe not is all well in Reds land.

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