Aston Villa managed to secure a point at Anfield against a Liverpool side that had a lot of the possession. The game finished 1-1 but both teams had appeals for penalties turned down with Liverpool’s best appeal was fell to Luis Suarez whose link-up play got him into the Aston Villa penalty area and was brought down by Alan Hutton.
Aston Villa’s best appeal for a penalty came from Villa academy debutant Samir Carruthers who made an impression on the game from the time he was brought on. Carruthers twisted and turned Steven Gerrard who stuck out a leg; Mike Oliver decided to punish Carruthers and issued a yellow card for diving.
Before a ball was kicked the pre match preview was talking about Pepe Reina’s red card and Aston Villa’s injury hit squad. The match of the day phrase that was used – well it’s a meeting of two clubs that don’t know what winning feels like.
Liverpool started the game pushing Villa backwards but it was Aston Villa who struck first with Stephen Warnock intercepting with a leaping header to out jump the Liverpool player and found himself in acres of space on the far left-wing his cross was over hit. The ball went across the penalty area and found Barry Bannan who coolly laid off the ball to Chris Herd who directed the ball first time toward the goal. Chris Herd hit the ball with his right foot across his body the ball drifted into Alexander Doni’s far left corner.
Chris Herd’s goal was his first Premier League for the Midland’s club this is something which is hard to believe that 18 months ago he was playing in the reserves. This is a tribute to his development and desire to succeed
Alexander Doni was the Liverpool stand in keeper following Pepe Reina being sent off last weekend against Newcastle, Reina had an impressive 183 consecutive starts for Liverpool.
Liverpool’s best chance of the half fell to Dirk Kuyt who skied his shot from 2 yards in-front of Shay Givens goal just before half time, Aston Villa held on and went into the half-time interval.
Aston Villa found themselves thankful of Liverpool inability to convert chances on goal and was aided by Shay Given’s split second reactions and the goal frame. Liverpool hit the woodwork on 4 occasions.
Liverpool finally got their goal 8 minutes from full-time and was scored by Luis Suarez who headed from close range. Aston Villa felt hard done by following Samir Carruthers being brought down just inside the Liverpool penalty area as they claims fell on the death ears of Mike Oliver (Editors Note: There were multiple appeals declined from the Liverpool too).
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