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January 6, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
One Call Stadium — Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 7574‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Mansfield 1-2 Liverpool

The Reds sneak past the Blue Square Premier side thanks to a debut goal from Daniel Sturridge and a controversial second from substitute Luis Suarez for a place in the fourth round

By Chris Teale

  • Alan Marriott
    15
    1
    3.00

    Alan Marriott

    Easily the busiest man on the pitch, the 34-year-old weathered the storm well having been powerless to prevent his side going 1-0 down, making some important saves to keep his team in the game.

  • Exodus Isaac Geohaghon
    4
    7
    2.00

    Exodus Isaac Geohaghon

    Looked strong at the back but was split open by Shelvey’s through ball to Sturridge to give the Reds the lead and saw his trademark long throws dealt with well.

  • John Dempster
    2
    4
    2.00

    John Dempster

    Struggled to cope with Jonjo Shelvey and Daniel Sturridge as they surged forward at every opportunity.

  • John Thompson
    1
    5
    1.50

    John Thompson Flop of the Match

    Was exposed by Shelvey’s killer pass to Sturridge that gave Liverpool the lead, and struggled to get any kind of control on the former Chelsea man as he made mincemeat of the home side’s defence.

  • Lee Beevers
    3
    2
    2.00

    Lee Beevers

    Could not impose himself on the game at all as the Reds continually bypassed him and launched wave after wave of attacks but redeemed himself slightly by assisting Green's goal.

  • Adam Murray
    3
    1
    2.50

    Adam Murray

    The Stags’ captain looked relatively solid in the middle of the park as his team-mates struggled, but was unable to rally his troops into an improvement despite his best efforts.

  • Christopher Clements
    2
    2
    2.00

    Christopher Clements

    Saw his free kicks cleared away comfortably and was completely dominated by the rampant Jonjo Shelvey in the midfield until he was replaced late in the game.

  • Lindon Meikle
    3
    2
    3.00

    Lindon Meikle

    Improved as the game went on, particularly in the second half as he came close to equalising a couple of times, but will have been disappointed to be unable to make any more telling contributions.

  • Anthony Howell
    3
    2
    2.00

    Anthony Howell

    Tried to find his team-mates with a number of long, raking balls but was unable to make any real impact on the game.

  • Louis Briscoe
    3
    1
    2.50

    Louis Briscoe

    Virtually anonymous on the wing in the first half but improved in the second as the Stags looked for an equaliser before being replaced by Colin Daniel after 63 minutes.

  • Matthew James Green
    18
    1
    3.50

    Matthew James Green

    Was Mansfield’s best player as he led the line well and tested Brad Jones with a stinging shot in the first half, with his late goal a just reward for his efforts.

Substitutions

  • Colin Daniel
    2
    0
    2.50

    Colin Daniel

    Replaced Louis Briscoe after 63 minutes but could not have as much impact on proceedings as he would have liked.

  • Matthew Rhead
    0
    1

    Matthew Rhead

    Came on late to provide some height and physicality up front, but had too little time to make an impact on the game.

  • Bradley Jones
    89
    5
    3.00

    Bradley Jones

    Had little to do as his attacking team-mates did a great deal of damage, but did make a couple of good saves when called upon on rare occasions.

  • Andre Wisdom
    70
    16
    3.50

    Andre Wisdom

    Was afforded a great deal of freedom to overlap from right-back and did so with relish, showing his potential as he created a number of good attacking opportunities before being replaced late in the game by John Flanagan.

  • Jamie Carragher
    80
    8
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Captained the Reds and provided a calming presence at the back as he and his team-mates weathered the early second-half onslaught from Mansfield.

  • Jack Robinson
    74
    9
    3.00

    Jack Robinson

    The young left-back was one of three teenagers on the pitch and showed his pace going forward while ensuring Mansfield could do little with the ball.

  • Sebastián Coates
    78
    16
    3.00

    Sebastián Coates

    Will have appreciated a quiet game, as he and partner Carragher had few attacking headaches to deal with as the Reds' forwards dominated.

  • Joe Allen
    51
    27
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    Had a shot straight at Marriott, and was otherwise untroubled throughout on both sides of the ball without being required to move up the gears.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    80
    18
    3.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Dominated the midfield with his physical style but combined this with a superb ball to Sturridge to give his side the lead, while providing superb support for his new team-mate.

  • Lucas Leiva
    65
    23
    2.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Managed to keep pushing his side forward from midfield but faced few challenges, despite picking up a booking in the first half for tangling with a Stags opponent.

  • Stewart Downing
    78
    17
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Tried hard to make an impact on the left with some incisive runs and passing, but often found his final product was slightly lacking.

  • Suso
    64
    29
    3.00

    Suso

    Dropped deep at times to help out his midfielders and pick up the ball, but apart from a high shot that went into the stand, did little of note.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    166
    11
    4.00

    Daniel Sturridge Top of the Match

    On his Reds debut, the former Chelsea man was a constant source of trickery and attacking flair, testing Alan Marriott regularly and giving his new club the lead after just seven minutes before being replaced by Suarez early in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Jon Flanagan
    50
    25

    Jon Flanagan

    Replaced the cramped-up Wisdom late in the game and looked solid in the little time he had on the pitch despite a late booking.

  • Jordan Henderson
    69
    16
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Came on for Suso in the 54th minute to shore up Liverpool's midfield and provided a couple of decent crosses without contributing anything really telling.

  • Luis Suárez
    134
    24
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Brought on for Sturridge after 54 minutes and scored a controversial goal with more than a hint of handball as he menaced Mansfield's defenders throughout his time on the pitch.

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