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Reds in reserve

Discussion in 'General LFC Discussion' started by campo, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. campo

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    Decided to start a new thread so we can see how or reserve team is doing this season.

    I will start with last weeks game against Wigan Athletic.

    LIVERPOOL 0 - 0 WIGAN

    Liverpool Reserves were held to a goalless draw by Wigan in their first Barclays Premier Reserve League North outing of 2010-11 on Wednesday afternoon.

    The game - which was switched from an evening kick-off at Prenton Park to an afternoon clash at the Academy - turned out to be a low-key affair.

    McMahon had to start the season without the likes of Andre Wisdom, Jonjo Shelvey and Michael Ngoo, who are all away with various England youth teams.

    The injured Tom Ince and Daniel Ayala were also absent, as well as the talented young Spaniard Suso, who hasn't yet got international clearance to play in the league.

    The team that did take to the perfect Academy pitch included Jay Spearing and Dani Pacheco as part of a new policy intended to give fringe first-team players more minutes for the second string.

    The early exchanges saw Spearing and skipper Steven Irwin spraying balls forward to Nathan Eccleston without too much success.

    Instead it was from a corner that Liverpool created their first serious opportunity, European U19 Championship winner Chris Mavinga heading wide from Pacheco's corner.

    Another Pacheco delivery caused havoc on 14 minutes as three Reds players attacked the ball. It was David Amoo who ultimately connected but his header floated harmlessly over.

    The home side were dominating possession without really threatening the experienced Mike Pollitt in goal, though Pacheco did have a curling free-kick saved.

    The first scare at the other end came midway through the half when Callum McManaman shot after finding a yard in the box. Goalkeeper Martin Hansen spilled, allowing a follow up effort which Irwin did brilliantly to clear off the line.

    McMahon's hopes of starting 2010-11 with a win were dented on 43 minutes when Nikola Saric left the field on a stretcher after a strong but not malicious tackle from former Liverpool youngster Jordan Mustoe.

    And things almost went from bad to worse on the brink of half-time when Wigan full-back Adam Buxton rattled the crossbar with a neatly taken free-kick from the 18-yard line.

    It was Wigan who attacked first in the second period when Scouser Jordan Rugg nodded an inviting delivery wide on 51 minutes.

    Liverpool countered with a superb dribble from Pacheco, whose cross was diverted behind for a corner just before Amoo could pounce.

    Substitute Alex Cooper lashed well over the bar on 66 minutes after good work from Jack Robinson, as once again Liverpool failed to convert possession into goals.

    The final chance fell to Emmanuel Mendy but his injury-time blast never bothered Pollitt.

    Liverpool Star man: Dani Pacheco

    Liverpool Reserves: Hansen, Flanagan, Robinson, Irwin, (cap), Mavinga, Darby, Amoo (Mendy 65), Spearing, Saric (Cooper 43), Pacheco, Eccleston (Palsson 79). Subs not used: Bouzanis, Roberts.
     
  2. campo

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    Next up was Newcastle united and the debut of Jesus.

    NEWCASTLE 2 - 2 LIVERPOOL

    Liverpool Reserves claimed their second point of the 2010-11 season as they came from behind twice in an enthralling 2-2 draw with Newcastle United in the North East on Tuesday evening.

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    Philip Airey put Newcastle ahead on 8 minutes when he converted a penalty after being tripped inside the box by Chris Mavinga.

    Suso netted an equaliser on his Barclays Premier Reserve League North debut with a thumping drive midway through the first period to spark a spell of real dominance for the Reds.

    Samuel Ameobi restored Newcastle's lead just after the hour as he prodded the ball over the line following a goalmouth scramble.

    However, David Amoo found the net via a deflection with just over 10 minutes remaining to secure a well-deserved point for Liverpool.

    John McMahon's men travelled to Whitley Park aiming to build on the opening-day point they picked up during last week's goalless stalemate with Wigan Athletic at the Academy.

    Spanish teenager Suso, who last week completed a transfer from FC Cadiz on a scholarship agreement, was handed a competitive debut in what was a youthful team selection by the second-string boss.

    Also named in his XI were Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom, Michael Ngoo and Tom Ince, joining the likes of Stephen Darby, Steven Irwin, Amoo and Mavinga.

    Meanwhile, there were a couple of familiar faces in former Kop hero Peter Beardsley's Newcastle selection.

    Experienced ex-England international Sol Campbell started at the heart of the Magpies' defence, while there was also a place for Greg McDermott - son of iconic 1970s Anfield legend Terry.

    The visitors began brightly and Darby brought a good early stop out of Ole Soderberg with a powerful near-post header from Suso's corner that required the Newcastle 'keeper to divert it around the upright.

    The Reds had made all the early headway, but Newcastle were awarded a penalty on 8 minutes when Mavinga brought down Airey inside the box.

    The No.9 dusted himself down and took the spot-kick himself, beating Martin Hansen with a powerfully struck effort into the bottom corner.

    Liverpool were visibly shaken by the setback, but they gradually began to find their footing in the contest.

    On 22 minutes, Suso's dangerous in-swinging free-kick was diverted away from the head of Mavinga by Campbell. From the resulting corner, the Spaniard's enticing delivery was nodded over the bar by the unmarked Amoo.

    Then, Suso's clever flick into the path of Ince sent the winger scurrying into the box, only for his control to let him down at a crucial moment.

    The 16-year-old was at the heartbeat of every offensive foray by the Reds - and he duly drew McMahon's troops level on 27 minutes.

    Collecting the ball midway inside the Newcastle half, Suso motored forward before driving an unstoppable effort into the back of the net from 25 yards, leaving Soderberg grasping air.

    The home side's Swedish stopper fared better moments later as he plucked another tantalising set piece by the Spain starlet away from the head of Mavinga inside the six-yard box.

    Liverpool were now firmly in the ascendancy and Ngoo was unfortunate not to put them into the lead five minutes before the break when the striker outmuscled Campbell to reach a long-ball forward, only to see his effort from a tight angle repelled by Soderberg.

    There was still time for one more attempt from the guests, but Suso flashed well wide after a jinking run as half-time loomed.

    Liverpool could not maintain the same intensity in the early stages of the second period as Newcastle made a promising start with Airey drilling into the side netting when well placed.

    Nonetheless, a lightening raid forward from the visitors almost paid dividends as Irwin's clever pass released Ince into the left-hand channel of the box, but his low centre agonisingly evaded both Amoo and Ngoo courtesy of a timely deflection.

    The livewire wide man then lofted an effort straight into the grateful hands of Soderberg after Ngoo's piercing pass released him into space on the edge of the box.

    After their sluggish opening to the second 45, McMahon's side had regained control and Ngoo shaved the base of the post with a curling shot on the hour.

    But Liverpool were struck by a sucker punch on 61 minutes as half-time substitute Ameobi bundled the ball over the line after Ryan Donaldson had headed Airey's deep centre into his path six yards out.

    After overcoming the setback of falling behind undeservedly for the second time in the contest, the Reds' response saw Irwin sting the palms of Soderberg with a fiercely-struck effort.

    And Amoo deservedly equalised for Liverpool on 78 minutes as he powerfully surged onto Irwin's pass into the area and saw a shot deflect off Paul Dummett to find the back of the net.

    Robinson could have won it for the the Reds late on, but he drilled straight at Soderberg after collecting Michael Roberts's pass, while Ince was millimetres away from converting Darby's cross at the death.

    Liverpoolfc.tv man of the match: Suso

    Newcastle United Reserves: Soderberg, Tavernier, Dummett, McDermott, Campbell (Henderson 62), Grieve, Donaldson (Folan 87), Inman, Airey, Nzuzi (Ameobi 46), Newton. Subs: Alnwic, Richardson.

    Liverpool Reserves: Hansen, Darby, Robinson, Irwin, Mavinga, Wisdom, Amoo, Roberts, Ngoo (Bruna 63), Suso, Ince. Subs: Flanagan, Chamberlain, Mendy, Cooper.
     
  3. Maverick

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    Suso looks to have an awful lot of potential,let's hope he keeps it up and gives us an option in years to come.
     
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    Not wanting to put any pressure on the lad, but if he keeps putting in big performances in the reserves, Roy might give him a look in sooner rather than later. Big step up to the first team, but looks like he has the ability to be a hell of a player.
     
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    Seen Suso's goal on LFC TV...great strike...
    Good idea to have a thread on the reserves...keep forgetting to check their results etc..
     
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    dont know it wont work anyway you got it there paddy some finish
     
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    Really enjoyed the game last night , deserved all 3 points ... great goal by Jesus , and was impressed by Irwin in the middle of the park.
     
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    Amoo had another good game & was stand out + Irwins volley form the cornor in the 1st half was a cracker shame the keeper saved it.
    Was happy with Wilson + Shelvy.
    I'll tell you what we have the makings of a really good team there.
     
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    Amoo brace tames Wolves

    David Amoo struck a clinical double as Liverpool Reserves claimed their first win of the season with a 2-0 success over Wolves on Tuesday night.

    The 19-year-old was on hand to finish off two incisive first-half counter attacks and ensure John McMahon's men capped an impressive showing with three richly deserved points.

    The Reds had gone into the clash having drawn their opening two encounters of the new Barclays Premier Reserve League Northern Group B campaign but always looked in control against what was a relatively experienced Wolves outfit.

    Indeed, the hosts had a real hunger about their play from the off and took the lead with their first attack of the match on two minutes.

    A sublime move started with Danny Wilson's clever pass into the feet of Tom Ince. The winger turned well before spreading the ball out to Suso on the left flank. The diminutive Spaniard then showed superb vision to weigh up his options and deliver a perfect low cross into the path of Amoo who made no mistake from eight yards.

    The visitors had barely had a chance to adjust to their surroundings when Liverpool piled forward again, with Ince collecting Suso's pass and firing straight at Wayne Hennessey before both Steven Irwin and Jonjo Shelvey saw their follow up efforts blocked by some desperate defending.

    The warning signs were there for Wolves and despite the fact it was still early on in the encounter it was no surprise when the Reds doubled their advantage on eight minutes.

    Another whirlwind attack ended with Amoo touching home at the second attempt after his initial effort from Irwin's cross was well saved by Hennessey.

    McMahon's side were clearly enjoying their first Wirral outing of the new campaign and could have extended their lead further on 15 minutes when Nathan Eccleston saw a devilish cross drop just shy of the far post.

    Amoo then burst down the right flank and centred for Eccleston but the forward saw his classy volley on the turn whistle just past the far post with Hennessey rooted to the spot.

    It was proving to be a busy first period for the Wales stopper and he had to be at his best to deny Suso's arcing free-kick before beating away Irwin's magnificent volley after Shelvey had picked him out on the edge of the box from the resulting corner.

    Liverpool continued to ask all the questions and Amoo could well have had his hat-trick on 38 minutes but he smashed well wide of the near post after Ince's well crafted pass had put him in on the right side of the box.

    There was even time for Ince to go close himself, curling just wide of the top corner after a dazzling run left two Wolves defenders in his wake.

    The visitors would have been delighted to have gone in at the interval just the two goals behind and there was an immediate improvement in their play following the restart with both Ashley Hemmings and Louis Harris going close.

    Liverpool were struggling to recapture the flow that had seen them create chance after chance early on and Peter Gulacsi was finally called into action on the hour mark when he reacted smartly to keep out Nenad Milijas's header.

    The opportunity forced the Reds to respond and Suso tested Hennessey's handling with a rasping shot from the left edge of the box before Eccleston was left frustrated by a deflection that denied him a simple tap-in from Irwin's centre.

    As the clock ticked down the away side continued to search for a way back into it and they could have set up a barnstorming finish had substitute Geoffrey Mujanji-Bia's 35 yard drive not crashed back off the crossbar.

    Liverpoolfc.tv. Man of the Match: David Amoo

    Liverpool Reserves: Gulacsi, Darby, Robinson, Irwin (c), Wilson, Wisdom, Amoo, Shelvey, Eccleston, Suso, Ince (Bruna 81). Unused Subs: Flanagan, Bouzanis, Roberts, Palsson.
     
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    John McMahon believes Liverpool Reserves are beginning to see a more ruthless David Amoo after the winger struck both goals in the 2-0 triumph over Wolves on Tuesday night.

    The 19-year-old showed good attacking instincts to net twice inside the opening eight minutes at Prenton Park, leaving the boss delighted by his impact.

    "He took his goals well," McMahon told Liverpoolfc.tv. "We always look for him to get into the box when the ball is out wide on the other wing.

    "We've put more of an emphasis on him to get into positions to score goals and we are pleased with his contribution."

    The victory means the second-string have secured their first win of the league season at the third time of asking and McMahon feels they were well worth the three points following an impressive first-half display.

    "There are a lot of positives," he said. "We played well, particularly in the first-half and got our first three points of the season. The only negative was that we didn't keep up that tempo in the second half."

    McMahon was also keen to praise Jonjo Shelvey and Danny Wilson, who both made their first starts for the reserves.

    "I thought both of them were excellent," he added. "Shelvey was very energetic in the first-half and I thought he did very well. I thought Wilson was very comfortable at the back too."

    McMahon's thoughts on Amoo were echoed by the goalscorer himself, who hopes to maintain the form that has seen him find the net on three occasions already this season.

    "It was good to get a couple of goals," said Amoo.

    "They both came from good moves - the first was a good ball in from Suso and then Steve (Irwin) put me in for the second one which I thought I'd missed at first. Luckily enough I got the rebound.

    "I've just got to keep working hard now and keep trying to get into good positions."
     
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    suso was quiet
     
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    didn't he set up the first? more than Jovanovic has done so far this season although I like his attitde.
     
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    Peter Gulacsi has taken a short journey across the Mersey to join Tranmere Rovers on an emergency loan.

    The Hungarian stopper spent a successful loan spell with the Wirral club last season and played a major part in helping Les Parry's side regain their League One status.

    Gulacsi joins on an emergency loan because Tranmere's two experienced 'keepers Gunnar Nielsen and Simon Miotto are both injured.

    The reserve team stopper is expected to start in tomorrow's Prenton Park meeting with Charlton Athletic.

    His emergency loan is due to exprire on October 18.

    Parry said: "Peter did really well for us last season so I'm pleased to be able to bring him back to the club.

    "Peter showed his qualities in the five games he played for us last season and I'm sure he will do just as well this time."

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    Anyone watch this?

     
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    Reserves playing West Ham tonight. Kick off 7pm.
    Replay of match on LFC tv at 10pm.
     
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    Cheers will look out for that later.
     
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    reserves line-up: Jones, Flanagan, Robinson, Darby, Coady, Irwin, Spearing, Ince, Pacheco, Eccleston, Babel.
     
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    Thats a surprise.
     

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