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January 6, 2012
• Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 44556
C. Bellamy 30'
S. Gerrard 45'+
J. Shelvey 68'
A. Carroll 89'
S. Downing 90'+
R. Simpson 28'
FULL TIME! And that's the end of that folks! Despite leading at one point Oldham have suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. The visitors looked good value for an upset after the first half-an-hour but ultimately Dalgish's side showed their dominance with goals from Bellamy, Gerrard, Shelvey, Carroll and Downing. Flattering, but expected scoreline.
90' + 5'
GOOOAAAALLL! It's five for Liverpool! Downing scoring this time. They were lining up in the area with Maxi's shot parried firstly by Cisak, then the ball dropped to the England international who slotted his half-volley home.
90' + 2'
Carroll's nearly in again but the flag is up on the near side. Moments later Stuart Downing cuts in onto his left-foot in a good position deep on the right wing, the ball is good but Carroll somehow misses with his head from yards out.
GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!! 4-1 to Liverpool! Andy Carroll with the finish! Carroll finished off a good move with a powerful left-footed low strike from the edge of the box. Dalglish will be very happy indeed with that.
Kelly gets himself in a good position but shoots well wide when he could have found Kuyt in a good bit of space. Oldham then go down the other end and win a corner, but delivery is disappointing from Simpson and it is cleared.
Yellow CardTom Adeyemi
Following that heated minutes ago from Adeyemi, he slides wildly into Liverpool substitute John Flanagan, for which he is rightly booked.
Coates with another dodgy moment as his clearance hits an opponent but luckily for him, the rebound sends it out for a goal kick.
Something is bothering Oldham's Adeyemi, but at the moment it doesn't seem clear what it is, nonetheless all the players are doing their best to calm him down as Cisak finally gets the game started again with that goal-kick.
Liverpool break down the right with Shelvey as he races beyond the Oldham defence, his shot-cross has plenty of pace on it but goes over the frame-work and out for a goal-kick.
A high ball is delivered into the Liverpool area, Matt Smith jumps into Reina as the keeper comes to collect the ball, as a result the Spaniard fumbles it but no foul is given. The Reds eventually get it clear but their keeper doesn't look happy.
Bellamy still looking bright and playing with confidence as he cuts in from the right hand side onto his left and tries an ambitious effort, but it flies well off-target.
Oldham aren't down and out yet though, as they win another corner. Simpson takes it but Liverpool get it away.
GOOOAAAALLL! 3-1 Liverpool! Shelvey hits a half-volley home from a Bellamy cross, finally someone makes the most of the Welshman's efforts.
Oldham are beginning to look lively again as they win another corner, but it is overhit and goes out for a throw. James Wesoloswki then threads a ball through to Taylor but he can't control it as the ball rolls all the way to Reina.
Big chance missed for Oldham! They carved Liverpool apart on the right before Adeyemi cut inside to find space around the penalty spot, however he blasted his shot over with no-one near him, failing to make-up for giving away the penalty.
Sebastian Coates has looked shaky so far and he gives the ball away but poor control by Kuqi again allows Liverpool to clear. Then, Oldham shout for a back-pass to Reina but the referee waves protests away.
Liverpool looking much more confident now, having most of the ball so far in this second-half.
What a save from the keeper!! The corner on the left is taken by Gerrard, he swings it in and Kelly meets it well but Cisak manages to react quickly and stop a certain goal.
Good corner from Simpson but Diamond failed to connect, then Liverpool break with Gerrard winning a corner himself as his shot is saved well by Cisak!
The Welshman has definitely been Liverpool's brightest player tonight, as he looks to push for a permanent place in the side with Luis Suarez's absence. He delivers yet another brilliant low ball after a dazzling run from the right but it's somehow cleared away.
Bellamy again with good wing-play on the right as he whips in a ominous ball, but no-one in red can get on the end of it. Oldham then have their first decent attack of the second-half, but Kuqi's touch lets him down after a pass from Taylor and the ball trickles out for a throw.
Bellamy then has a good chance as he uses his lightning pace to chase a through ball, his shot fails to trouble the Oldham keeper though. The Welshman continues to cause a threat as he delivers a ball after a good run down the right, but Kuyt again can't convert the low cross thanks to good work from Alexander Diamond to force a corner.
But it's Oldham who are on the front-foot straight away as Simpson fires a shot over the bar. The Latics then win a free-kick near the half-way line, which Simpson takes, the ball is flicked on by a Liverpool head and is then met by Mvoto who at can't get his sliding effort on target.
Liverpool re-start the game.
Sam Bisby reports from the ground: "Well it’s been a fairly fun half so far at Anfield. There were some disconcerted fans in the ground before the goals came flying in at both ends, with the hosts failing to really get a grip on the game and looked nervous as Oldham looked to spring a surprise. And surprise they did with Robbie Simpson’s cracking half-volley from distance putting the Latics in the lead, but only momentarily, with Bellamy somehow getting his head to Shelvey’s powerful ball toward the net. The home crowd looked a little more settled after their equaliser and after captain fantastic Steven Gerrard converted his penalty at the end of the opening, it was obvious they were the happier bunch going into the break. Here’s to an equally entertaining second-period."
45' + 2'
Half Time. Liverpool go into the break a goal up, but it could have been so different with their League One opponents taking the lead through a brilliant strike. However a lucky equaliser and penalty from Gerrard has put The Reds in control.
45' + 1'
Penalty GoalSteven Gerrard
2-1 Liverpool, Steven Gerrard smacks the ball into the top-corner from 12 yards.
PENALTY!! Liverpool have been awarded a spot-kick! The ball was delivered into the Oldham box by Shelvy, as Maxi tried to get on the end of it Adeyemi was deemed to have fouled him by Neil Swarbrick, who pointed to the spot.
A dodgy moment from Cisak's opposite number as Reina comes for a high ball and completely mis-judges it, fortunately for him the ball rolls out harmlessly for a goal-kick.
Cisak is lucky again as his clearance hits Maxi and drops for Bellamy, but the striker's header is claimed by the Oldham keeper in the end.
Finally the game is starting to go along with Kenny Dalglish's plan as Liverpool begin to dominate with Oldham currently pegged back in their own half.
Good chance for Liverpool! Kuyt dispatches a low ball which is cleared just as Bellamy flies in. Maxi then hits the rebound straight at Cisak, but the keeper can't hold onto the ball and Spearing should score as the ball falls to him but he slips and the game remains level.
Oldham nearly hit back but Carragher does well to deny Taylor from a second. Liverpool's back four, who have never played a competitive game together are clearly struggling.
GOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Liverpool have equalised! 1-1, back on script. Oldham's lead lasted just a minute as a shot-cross from Jonjo Shelvey hits Bellamy with the deflection deceiving Alex Cisak and bounces in. Lucky, that.
Simpson scores a beauty at Anfield, his long-range effort flew into the top right corner of the goal. No chance for Reina. GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! 1-0 to OLDHAM, yes OLDHAM.
Liverpool have a free-kick wide left which Bellamy delivers in too but Kuyt makes a mess of his header and it goes well over.
Great play by Oldham! On the counter from that Kelly chance, the visitors nearly capitalise on a poor touch from Jay Spearing as Chris Taylor exchanges a neat one-two and is then denied by a Carragher lunge, but only a goal-kick is given.
Martin Kelly surges forward down the right side for Liverpool, but his attempted strike from the edge of the box is blocked the Oldham defence.
Kuyt delivers a cross into the box, but Yves Mvoto gets their ahead of anyone in a red shirt and clears the danger.
Not a great start to the game, with the home side failing as yet to stamp any dominance over their opponents. Looks like Oldham will put up a tough fight tonight, if the opening stages are anything to go by.
Heavy challenge by Maxi Rodriguez on James Wesolowski as Oldham are awarded a free kick. Zander Diamond takes the kick but it comes to nothing.
Corner for The Latics taken by Simpson, the ball is met by the head of Tom Adeyemi from deep inside the penalty area, Reina looks glad to see the ball go wide of his left post there.
Bellamy has started well for Liverpool, the Welshman is unlucky as he tries a shot from outside the area however the effort sails over the bar.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR OLDHAM! Shefki Kuqi muscled his way through The Reds' back line, finding himself one-on-one with Jose Reina. The striker then blasts his shot high and wide with teammate Robbie Simpson free for a tap-in in the middle.
Craig Bellamy manages to get into a good position on the right hand side and whips in a dangerous ball, but Dirk Kuyt is unable to hit the target with his header. Good early chance for the home side though.
The visitors launch a free-kick from the halfway line into the Liverpool box, from which they force a corner, but the delivery is cleared by the first man.
Oldham get the tie underway.
He adds: "Currently 52 places separate these teams, but the visitors will be happy knowing that their last trip to Merseyside was a successful one, beating Everton in this very round of the competition back in 2008 1-0. However, this is the first time since that they have progressed this far and will face a pretty tough looking Liverpool side that sees skipper Steven Gerrard returning to the starting XI since October 22nd."
Our man Sam Bisby reports: "Greetings from Anfield where there is a modest atmosphere for this first FA Cup tie for the hosts against Greater Manchester outfit Oldham Athletic. All the noise apart from the PA is coming from the Anfield Road end where there’s a very decent showing from the Lactics fans."
The sides have played each other in competitive action 29 times. Liverpool hold the upper hand with 19 wins to Oldham`s 6 (4 draws).
The Merseyside club hold a 100% record against Oldham in the FA Cup; defeating their opponents in the second round in 1907, fourth round in 1962 and fifth round in 1977.
Some pre-match facts for you. There are 52 places between Liverpool and Oldham in the Football League, the sides last met in 1994 during the latter's last season in the Premier League. The Reds won that game 3-0.
Oldham Athletic: Cisak; Mvoto, Wesolowski, Diamond, Lee; Simpson, Adeyemi, Taylor, Furman; Scapuzzi; Kuqi Subs: Bouzanis,Smith, Tarkowski, Black, Parker, Mancini, Morais
Liverpool: Reina; Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Aurelio; Spearing, Maxi, Gerrard, Shelvey; Kuyt, Bellamy Subs: Carroll, Henderson, Downing, Adam, Skrtel
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of tonight's F.A Cup third round tie between Liverpool and Oldham. The League One outfit last won at Anfield in 1914 but will be looking to cause an upset today. Starting Line-ups to follow.
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