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January 5, 2014 10:00 AM EST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ S. Attwell‎
Attendance:‬ 44102‎
 
54′ Iago Aspas
 
82′ (OG) James Tarkowski
 
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Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling
Liverpool
Iago Aspas
Iago Aspas
Liverpool
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Victor Moses
Victor Moses
Liverpool
Victor Moses
Victor Moses
Liverpool

Liverpool 2-0 Oldham: Aspas on target as Reds seal fourth-round place

The Spaniard scored his first goal since his summer move to Anfield to break the deadlock before a James Tarkowski own goal made the game safe.

Curtis Davies Iago Aspas
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Liverpool avenged last year's shock FA Cup exit at Oldham Athletic with an unconvincing 2-0 win against the same opponents at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers' side sealed its place in the fourth round of the famous competition on Sunday thanks to Iago Aspas' first goal for the club and a late James Tarkowski own goal.

Spanish forward Aspas volleyed home in the 54th minute as Liverpool turned the screw after the break, and the same player headed against the post just after.

Oldham - which beat Liverpool 3-2 in the fourth round last year but lost 5-1 at Anfield in round three in 2012 - weathered the storm though, and almost snatched an equalizer when Michael Petrasso forced an excellent save from Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones with 16 minutes left.

But Liverpool, who will travel to Burton Albion or AFC Bournemouth in the fourth round, sealed its win when Sterling's strike deflected in off Tarkowski in the 82nd minute.

Rodgers rested star striker Luis Suarez, midfielder Philippe Coutinho and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet but recalled captain Steven Gerrard for his first start in almost a month.

Jones deputized in goal for Liverpool, while just two members of the Oldham team that beat Liverpool last year - Jonathan Grounds and James Wesolowski - started for Lee Johnson's side.

Gerrard, who returned from a hamstring injury against Hull City on Wednesday, was the victim of a crunching tackle from Oldham captain Korey Smith in the first minute and it set the tone in a frustrating first half for Liverpool.

It rarely threatened the Oldham goal, with Luis Alberto going closest in the 14th minute when he shot just wide after a smart lay off from Victor Moses.

A poor first half saw Rodgers turn to the bench, as Coutinho and Lucas were introduced in place of Alberto and Moses.

Coutinho swung in two testing corners, the second of which was just headed over by Gerrard, before Aspas broke the deadlock nine minutes after the break.

Raheem Sterling was the provider, causing panic in the Oldham defense with a crafty run, and his ball across the penalty box was allowed to bounce before Aspas volleyed in.

Aspas almost doubled his account two minutes later, but his glancing header from another Sterling cross hit the post, and Coutinho's follow up was denied by the legs of Oldham goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

Sterling then declined to shoot after charging forward, instead opting to cut back, but Coutinho could only blaze over the bar.

After weathering the storm, Oldham fought back, with Philliskirk again going close from distance before Petrasso span away from Agger and forced a great save from an outstretched Jones.

Rodgers was forced to play his trump card, bringing on Suarez, but it was Sterling who helped wrap up the win, with his strike - that was going wide - going in after an unfortunate Tarkowski deflection.

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Liverpool

1
Bradley Jones
Goalkeeper
3.00
20
Aly Cissokho
Defender
3.00
5
Daniel Agger
Defender
3.00
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
3.00
34
Martin Kelly
Defender
3.50
14
Jordan Henderson
Midfielder
3.50
31
Raheem Sterling
Midfielder
88′
3.50
8
Steven Gerrard
Midfielder
76′
3.00
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
46′
2.00
9
Iago Aspas
Striker
54′
2.50
6
Luis Alberto
Midfielder
46′
3.00

Oldham Athletic

3.00
34
Mark Oxley
Goalkeeper
3.00
40
3.00
21
3.50
16
3.00
7
2.50
18
Korey Smith
Midfielder
8′
3.00
29
David Mellor
Midfielder
83′
3.00
-
3.00
48
3.00
34
2.50
-
J. Harris
Striker
60′

Substitutes

22
Simon Mignolet
Goalkeeper
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37
 - 
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Tiago Ilori
Defender
 - 
21
Lucas Leiva
Midfielder
46′
3.00
10
Coutinho
Midfielder
46′
3.50
50
 - 
7
2.50

Substitutes

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1
Paul Rachubka
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
11
 - 
37
 - 
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Anton Rodgers
Midfielder
83′
2.50
23
James Dayton
Midfielder
60′ 93′
3.00
-
Gary Harkins
Midfielder
60′

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