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06-04-2010

Blues kept up their season of good form with a well-earned point at home to Liverpool at the weekend. Andy Munro supplies the details.

What have Rafa and Arsene got in common apart from the obvious? They can both whinge for Spain and France respectively and they never give credit to the opposition.

After watching some rather skewed highlights from Match of the Day and listening to Rafa, if you hadn’t been to the match you could be forgiven for thinking that the Blues had just committed daylight robbery…a term incidentally not unfamiliar to residents of the Merseyside area.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth – we looked as comfortable as the Reds when in possession, more assured at the back and whilst Liverpool probably just edged on the number of chances, we undoubtedly missed the easiest one of the match when Bowyer uncharacteristically scuffed his shot with the goal at his mercy.

This was in fact a game that the Reds had to win and with their usual substantial away following, the atmosphere was electric. For most of the first half, chances were few and far between although Joe Hart pulled off a tremendous save from Maxi.

However Torres was well marshalled by Dann and Johnson whilst Kuyt, as usual, ran around in ever decreasing circles. Both fullbacks for the Blues were particularly impressive overlapping whenever they got the chance to give Blues some much needed width.

In midfield, I wouldn’t take anything away from Gerrard who was  by far Liverpool’s best and most dangerous player but Barry Ferguson made sure that Blues had long spells of comfortable possession…for a couple of million quid he must be the signing of the season! Craig Gardener showed lots of energy despite not being a naturally wide player and I’m sure that eventually he will slot into the middle of midfield on a regular basis.

Straight after the restart, Liverpool took the lead rather fortuitously when a Glenn Johnson air shot was picked up by Gerrard who finished clinically. However, this seemed to spur Blues on and McFadden teased and toyed with the Liverpool defence before sending over a pinpoint cross for the Ridge to nudge the ball over the line although he had to have some balls to do so!

Liverpool then brought on Babel and Ngog – neither popular down at Stans – the former because he thought that a move to the Blues was beneath him and the latter because of his shenanigans at Anfield when the referee wrongly awarded a penalty to Liverpool. In fact the chorus of boos to greet him was quite deafening along with the continual chant, “He’s going to dive in a minute.”

Undoubtedly it was a more than decent result for Blues – a side costing circa £19 million against a side costing/worth well over five times that amount.

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