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Defence fails again

Liverpool F.C. 5
5 - 1
Fulham F.C. 1



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Fulham were taken apart at Anfield against a side that has not scored two goals in a Premiership game for 11 matches before tonight.

Goal-shy strikers Robbie Fowler, Fernando Morientes and Peter Crouch, set Liverpool on the way to victory at Anfield.

Collins John equalised for Fulham in the first half before they went down 2-1 but Stephen Warnock and a Michael Brown own goal ensured that Fulham's second trip to Merseyside in five days was even more miserable than the first.

Fulham's away form has been, by all accounts, erratic this season and Fowler made sure the night was not to be their's with his first goal since his return to Anfield.

The first goal came from a corner, with Luis Garcia flicking on Harry Kewell's cross and Fowler stole in at the far post to head firmly past Warner.

Liverpool were looking shaky in front of goal with Traore and Fowler missing chances before their goal.

But when Fulham equalised it looked like it could be another one of those nights for Liverpool.

Collins John latched on to a perfect pass from Luis Boa Morte courtesy of a bad backpass from Daniel Agger. And that was not to be the last of their chances either.

Michael Brown was unlucky to convert a Kewell cross into his own net before Collins John and Steed Malbranque missed chances from inside the box and Knight hit the post with a towering header.

Too often this season though, Coleman's philosophy away from home has been to go all out for a goal rather than try and stifle the opposition and so again, it proved the Cottagers undoing.

The second half brought the killer goal in the 71st minute as Fernando Morientes scored his first in sixteen games from a rebound after Warner had parried Cisse's header from Steven Gerrard and fired it high into the net from six yards.

If the scoreline was to reflect the game, that would have been it. But Liverpool were more than eager to out-do their Merseyside neighbours and scored another two in the final three minutes.

Fulham looked shattered and could not deal with a good Steven Gerrard run to the touchline before he cut it back for Peter Crouch to score his sixth goal of the season.

Come the 91st minute, everyone must have believed that the Whites had suffered enough but still Liverpool came at them and were rewarded in the 91st minute with goal number five.

A late Stephen Warnock shot from range crept in low past Tony Warner to make it 5-1 before the final whistle blew and allowed Fulham to take a breath and bow their heads in shame as they left the field, humiliated away from home, yet again.

This is Fulham's fourth league defeat in a row and maybe they need to start looking over their shoulders before providing such a shambolic defensive display again, as that that Anfield witnessed tonight.

Star Player

Robbie Fowler, scored Liverpool's first and inspirational for the second. Brought the Liverpool spirit of old back to Anfield.

This is Fulham's fourth league defeat in a row and maybe they need to start looking over their shoulders before providing such a shambolic defensive display again, as that that Anfield witnessed tonight.

Writer:Ollie Sheehan
Date:Thursday March 16 2006
Time: 12:35AM


I have talked since I signed on to the website two months ago about the defence being shocking and Coleman's need for changes, this and the defeat to Arsenal says everything that needs to be said. We don't play bad football, but we do concede far far too many goals.
Ollie Sheehan
16/03/2006 00:39:00
been a while guys, just wanted to say that tonight we were a first class bag of something that comes out my rearend
I am heider
16/03/2006 00:53:00
Its gonna b us and Birmingham battling for survival if we don't get r ass in gear. For God's sake, why can't we defend
16/03/2006 00:55:00
I thought maybe 2-1 would be understandable, but 5-1, are we tryign to get relegated or at least compete for it. Colema needs to drop Knight. I have sympathy in a way coz him and Bocanegra have been there all season and neither are good enough. Brown was unlucky but don't understand what Coleman asked the team to do tonight
Cookie is god
16/03/2006 00:57:00
why is it that everytime we play away, we play all out attack and don't even think about defending, or who our defenders are, i agree, Knight is shockign and needs to go, I'd prefer Robert Huth and Kolo Toure to the present central 2. agreed about Brown, first game back as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ian Scott
16/03/2006 00:59:00
I think it is very harsh to blame everything on Zat Knight, although the defence has been so poor this season. With Diop back in the side though, I think we will be much more solid. Can't remember the last time we kept a clean sheet without him.
Ollie Sheehan
16/03/2006 01:03:00
5-1 is a shocking result considering Liverpool have been so incompetent in front of goal recently. What happened to your defence?!?
16/03/2006 09:12:00
Maybe the new shirt should have tampax as the sponsors... looks like you need to plug the gaps and stop the leaks... Keep going like you are.. gives pompey, albion and us blues hope yet !!!!
16/03/2006 10:22:00
I think you guys were unlucky, at 2-1 down I thought you'd pull it back.
16/03/2006 11:13:00
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