Only Roy Could Win Like This; Only Liverpool Could Lose Like That

April 22, 2012 · by Steven McMillan · Match Reaction, Premier League

A face not even a mother could love...

It’s nothing more than the same old story. Possession and dominance; 12 shots on target and at least 2 shots pinging off the woodwork rounded out with 15 corner kicks. Still, not a single shot finds the back of the net. A momentary lapse of reason from Glen Johnson allowed Peter Odemwingie to rush in and put the Baggies in front entirely against the run of play and even then, we failed to find a response. It’s another embarrassing result with West Bromwhich Albion deserving nothing, but stealing all three points on yet another frustrating Anfield afternoon.To put things into perspective, that was the Baggies first win at Anfield since 1967 and they earned it only on the merits of showing up. Who should be more embarrassed about that? Us, I reckon.

The worst part about it, is that we should have won; that sounds completely elementary, but it’s true. We battered them, completely and absolutely. From the get-go, we had three points gift wrapped in a nice little basket. Henderson was running things from his preferred central role, Suarez was here, there and everywhere, Carroll was holding up play nicely and Glen Johnson was playing a blinder. Saying that the finishing was the only thing missing also borders on the blatantly obvious, but it actually was the only thing missing.

Kuyt set the tone early with an astonishing miss, and it only got better, and far worse, from there. Suarez was denied a number of chances, Carroll headed off target once or twice, Henderson and the Dutchman both hit the woodwork and half the travelling support took up residence in front of Ben Foster for the entirety of the second half. Even with a packed box, we were creating chances — good chances as well. Gone were the frustrating build up plays with nothing to speak of coming from a million and a half passes and 10 full minutes on the ball. There was something there; we just couldn’t complete it.

It was great to see the play build and swirl the way it did. Few, if any wayward passes. Intricate interplay between the players, pass and move Liverpool groove. It was a joy to watch — and that’s the worst part. Building up to be torn down despite everything you know about the game suggesting otherwise. We should have won; sometimes, that’s just the way things go, but for us, it’s failed to go any other way.

Roy Hodgson may feel a bit smug today after taking all the points from a team that never wanted him and was actually happy to see the back of him. It was Peter Odemwingie, the only West Brom player to pose a modicum of threat, that would seal the victory when the impressive Glen Johnson dawdled on the ball and conceded possession deep in our own half. With Pepe Reina returning from suspension, and making two very good saves earlier in the day, you would have fancied the Spaniard cancelling out the error, but it was one opportunity too many as the Baggies took a wholly undeserved lead. We are truly the architects of our own downfall.

This season has been mystifying to say the least — still, we have a shot at redemption and another Cup final to look forward to. A couple of cups can gloss over a season best forgotten, but even today, after dropping points to the likes of West Brom, you can see that the foundation is there and it’s good. How we build on it will be the true test.

-steven.

  • Swantonbomb

    Wow that caption is a disgrace for a former manager
    At least he did not spend 20 Million on Downing dont forget 35 Million for Lorenzo Lamas over there… And No Kenny Charlie F’ing Adam Not Equal To Xabi Alonso

    Lol

  • davidboy1973

    i agree king kenny and his revolution the way.back to the promised land

  • http://www.paisleygates.com/ steven.

    bah! he’s an ugly dude. if Kenny was that ugly, i’d call him on it too…

  • http://www.facebook.com/stvnneo Steven Neo

    Suso ,Sterling ,Eccleston and Coady ????????

  • Douggle07

    Does anybody know the premier league record for most woodwork hits in a season?

  • Amitpbale

    shame on u kenny u hav fucked us hard had we given same amount of money to roy i m sure players like mata etc would be plying their trade at anfield andnot garbage playhers like henderson, carrol , adam etc

  • Flauvio

    Spot on! we are on the right path and it will turn for us sooner rather than later. When it does I hope all those who cannot fathom we are in a period of transition and thus slack off management and team for not being top of the league in their first full season will be descent enough to hold admit to their knee jerk stupidity and get fully behind team and players

  • Markdavo

    couldn’t have summed it up any better mate. totally mystifying season. just when you think we can’t come out of another game like this with nothing we still find a way….and in the next…..and then the next etc.

  • thissiteantilfc

    give the money to roy? he would get us a team of koncheskies, go support west brom, cretin

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