Praesidium

Monday, January 02, 2006

Bolton 2-2 Liverpool

So, the winning run ends. Bolton, especially away, is a tough match, and guaranteed to be a physical encounter. The postponement of one of their Christmas fixtures unsurprisingly gave them an edge in that respect, in what was our fourth match in eight days since returning from Japan. I wasn’t surprised at all to see Hamann and Momo add some steel to our midfield.

A draw was probably a fair result. It’s easy to moan about ‘what ifs’ in a game like that. Had the referee decided everything one way, either team could’ve lost heavily. For example, they could’ve had a penalty for a rare Carragher lunge, and Momo could’ve been sent off. On the other hand, we could’ve had another penalty, and both their goals could’ve been ruled out (e.g. for a foul on Crouch in the build-up to the second)

At the end of the day, it’s not a disrespectful result, and I’m glad we showed character to battle back twice. Something we’ve not really had to do in a long time (since Birmingham) Some players, notably Gerrard and Alonso, look particularly jaded though, so hopefully a few can be rested for the Luton FA Cup match next weekend.

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