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April 14, 2012 12:30 PM BST
Wembley Stadium — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
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FA Cup Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-1 Everton

Andy Carroll's late winner takes Kenny Dalglish's team to second cup final of the season after Luis Suarez cancelled out Nikica Jelavic's first-half opener

By Wayne Veysey at Wembley

  • Bradley Jones
    225
    10
    3.00

    Bradley Jones

    Far more convincing in the last half-hour after being on the receiving end of a verbal lashing from Gerrard and Agger for not coming out to claim crosses. Made a fine save from Osman.

  • Daniel Agger
    128
    107
    2.50

    Daniel Agger

    With his skin decoration and mohawk, looked like he should be downing lager at a punk concert rather than the more studious duty of attending to Osman's darting runs. Did not convince at left-back, as he kept getting drawn into the centre. His mix-up with Carragher that led to Everton's opener was painful.

  • Glen Johnson
    161
    17
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Solid defensively but not as enterprising going forwards as Liverpool might have hoped.

  • Jamie Carragher
    82
    141
    2.50

    Jamie Carragher

    Selected in favour of Jose Enrique but initially failed to justify it with an angst-ridden display in central defence, summed up by the indecision and lame clearance which allowed Jelavic to pounce for the opener. Improved as the game wore on and made some important headers.

  • Martin Skrtel
    267
    15
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    On a day of rearguard disasters, no defender acquitted themselves with more aplomb than the skin-headed centre-back. Invaluable at set-pieces.

  • Jordan Henderson
    89
    140
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Huffed and puffed in his right-midfield role but offered little in the way of creative quality. Subbed late on.

  • Jay Spearing
    179
    36
    3.50

    Jay Spearing

    Swept Carroll's cutback over the bar in the early minutes but then settled into a role of steady negation, which he did rather well.

  • Stewart Downing
    145
    76
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Liverpool's owners probably wish they could axe not just Damien Comolli in mid-April but one of his greatest follies too. The £20m man wearing the No. 19 shirt once again promised much but delivered little, although one excellent cross from the right should have been put away by Carroll. Got a reasonably warm hand when he was subbed after 83 minutes.

  • Steven Gerrard
    205
    29
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Made some key interceptions in his own box and drove his team forward in the second half but could not make a significant contribution in the final third.

  • Andy Carroll
    398
    93
    3.50

    Andy Carroll Top of the Match

    Commitment, all-round quality and the winning goal. Lacked composure with two outstanding second-half opportunities - including a sitter headed wide from two yards - but his ponytail was in the right place at the right time to take Liverpool to the final.

  • Luis Suárez
    394
    33
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    More nutmegs than you would find in a rice pudding - most of which sunk miserably - but after the famine of the opening hour, the feast came with his classily-dispatched equaliser and some twinkling excellence late on.

Substitutions

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    177
    15
    3.00

    Maxi Rodríguez

    Inexplicably slammed a late chance on to the post with Liverpool 2-1 up.

  • Craig Bellamy
    242
    13
    3.50

    Craig Bellamy

    Came off the bench to make a difference by gliding a late free-kick on to Carroll's head.

  • Tim Howard
    45
    28
    3.50

    Tim Howard

    Made some fine late reflex saves and commanded his penalty area.

  • John Heitinga
    38
    38
    3.50

    John Heitinga

    Got the nod over Phil Jagielka and fully justified it with a belligerent display against Liverpool's little and large strike force.

  • Leighton Baines
    32
    35
    3.50

    Leighton Baines

    Made some outstanding interceptions and used the ball with great intelligence and quality.

  • Sylvain Distin
    19
    61
    2.50

    Sylvain Distin

    Impeccable for an hour but his terrible back-pass put Suarez through on goal to slide in the equaliser.

  • Darron Gibson
    13
    38
    3.00

    Darron Gibson

    Some quality distribution form the former Manchester United man but did not see enough of the ball.

  • Leon Osman
    19
    33
    3.00

    Leon Osman

    His darting runs from the right flank caused problems for Agger and provided support for Jelavic.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    40
    35
    3.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    Stood out in central midfield not just for his bountiful locks but his class, calmness and sensible decision-making.

  • Phil Neville
    29
    38
    3.50

    Phil Neville

    Committed, aggressive and intelligent, he had Downing in his pocket. If you opened him up, he would bleed blue.

  • Tim Cahill
    34
    31
    3.00

    Tim Cahill

    Tigerish and energetic between Liverpool's defensive and midfield lines but was more a pest than a genuine menace.

  • Magaye Gueye
    19
    57
    2.50

    Magaye Gueye Flop of the Match

    Provided an outlet on the left flank but had little impact and was withdrawn after 67 minutes.

  • Nikica Jelavic
    97
    35
    3.50

    Nikica Jelavic

    Wonderful composure to slot in the opener and a threat throughout but the supply line to the Croatian was not quite good enough.

Substitutions

  • Seamus Coleman
    14
    41
    2.50

    Seamus Coleman

    Scurried around after replacing Gueye in the second half and was fortunate to escape a second booking as he struggled to contain his emotions late on.

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