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Anfield Woe


13:15 28th February 2014

Mistakes costly for Under 21s.



Liverpool 4 (Dunn 44, Iorfa-og 48, Lussey 49, Rossiter 55)

Wolves 0

The Wolves Under 21s suffered their heaviest defeat of the season as they slumped to a 4-0 reversal against Liverpool at Anfield with all of the goals coming in a 12 minute spell either side of the interval.

There was an early chance for Cameron Brannagan who sliced the ball wide after running on to a lobbed ball from Rafael Paez.

Stephen Sama fired wide after running in from the right before Jordan Cranston moved forward to give Wanderers their first worthwhile chance when he beat two defenders as he cut inside from the left before shooting narrowly wide.

In the 20th minute, Dominic Iorfa blocked well to deny Liverpool the lead as he got in the way of Kristoffer Peterson’s goalbound shot after Jordan Lussey had delivered the cross.

Lussey then went close to breaking through after he took a return pass from Brannigan but Jon Flatt made a tremendous fingertip save to thwart the striker.

With seconds remaining in the first half Liverpool took the lead. Jack Dunn advanced from midfield and from 25yards he hit a low shot beyond the dive of Flatt.

Half-Time: Liverpool 1 Wolves 0

The opening minutes of the second period proved to be disastrous for the visitors as the Reds knocked in three further goals in quick succession.

In the 48th minute Iorfa turned a short, low cross from Dunn into his own net and, within 60 seconds, Lussey headed a third after a centre from Villyan Bijev.

With their tails up the Liverpool men went in search of a fourth and it arrived in the 55th minute as Jordan Rossiter wasn’t closed down as he homed in on Flatt’s goal before steering the ball into the corner of the net past the helpless keeper.  

Despite having little chance of getting back into the game, the Molineux youngsters regrouped and almost pulled one back through Kristian Kostrna who hit a tremendous shot that was just of target.

Coach Steve Weaver said: “I just didn’t see this coming given our first half performance when we more than matched Liverpool. Even when they scored just before half-time, I still believed that we could take something from the game.

“But then three bad individual mistakes were punished by three goals in just a few minutes and, all of a sudden, the game was gone.

“In each case we were trying to play the ball out from the back and, in each case, we lost possession. Then, after those crazy few minutes we reverted to the way we had played in the opening half. Obviously, by then it was too little, too late.  

“The important thing now is to put it behind us and move on. Nothing can change the result now but it’s vital that the players learn from the mistakes that they had made which proved to be so costly on the night.”

Liverpool: Mersin, Sama (Williams 46), Maguire, Paez, Jones (capt), Rossiter, Dunn, Lussey (Chirivella 73), Bijev (Sinclair 79), Brannagan, Peterson. 

Unused subs: Sokolik, Firth.

Wolves: Flatt, Kellerman, Cranston, Jakobsson, Iorfa, Tank, Whittall (capt), Kostrna, Reid (Keita 73), Torras (Parry 53), Forde.

Unused subs: Dutton, Erdei, Carter.

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