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21:42 10th November 2010


Superb Latics fight back to earn good point, deserving more after being better side

Rodallega, 52

Torres, 7

Report by Paul Chialton

Another superb performance, this time getting a deserved result, but it could well have been even more prosperous.

Fernando Torres' first-half goal was an early blow to Latics but the reaction was first-class, taking the game to their opponents and looking the better side for the rest of the evening.

It came to fruition shortly after the break when Ronnie Stam delivered a dangerous low cross that Pepe Reina could only parry into the path of the lurking Hugo Rodallega.

The man who scored the winner against Liverpool last season pulled the trigger and fired into the back of the net from ten-yards to equalise and bring his side back into the game.
It's makings however were in the hard-work and endeavour from each and every player in blue and white who fought hard off the ball and were intelligent on it.

Charles N'Zogbia was again a thorn in the side of his opponents, his bursting runs had the visitors back-peddling and scrambling to clear.

Momo Diame and Tom Cleverley shown as creative sparks buzzing around the midfield and asking plenty of questions of the opposition defence and driving the team forward in search of a winner.

It almost came within minutes of the equaliser when Diame's sublime through ball found Rodallega in the area who couldn't quite round Reina.

The Spanish 'keeper would be kept on his toes throughout the second-half, whilst Ali Al Habsi was relatively quiet, thanks in large to the rock-solid defence in front of him who frustrated Torres after his winner and kept their shape to limit Liverpool to very little.

Another fantastic display then from Roberto Martinez's side who'll go into Saturday's game against West Brom brimming with confidence.

Al Habsi; Stam, G. Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Thomas, Diame; N'Zogbia, Gomez (Moses, 69), Cleverley; Rodallega (Di Santo, 86)
Subs: Kirkland, Watson, Boselli, S. Caldwell, McArthur

Liverpool: Reina; Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky; Meireles (Shelvey, 46), Gerrard, Lucas, Maxi (Eccleston, 81); Kuyt (Poulsen, 73), Torres
Subs: Hansen, Jovanovic, Ngog, Spearing

    Data provided by Press Association