Fresh Selhurst Park misery for sorry Liverpool

2014-11-24 03:24:06 | Al Muslim News
Fresh Selhurst Park misery for sorry Liverpool

 

LONDON: Liverpool’s Selhurst Park curse returned to haunt them on Sunday as late goals from Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak earned Crystal Palace a 3-1 victory in rain-soaked south London. Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title after letting a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 on their last trip to the ground in May and Palace once again proved the scourge of Brendan Rodgers’ side with a stirring comeback. Rickie Lambert scored his first Liverpool goal to put the visitors ahead inside two minutes, but Dwight Gayle — who scored twice in the 3-3 draw — equalised 15 minutes later. With the visitors once again toiling in attack, Ledley and Jedinak scored twice in the last 12 minutes to condemn Liverpool to three consecutive league defeats for the first time since April 2012. “We’re low on confidence at the moment in terms of the results and I think that sort of tempo and intensity of our game has just dropped right off,” said Rodgers, whose side have lost their last four games in all competitions. “Obviously we concede poor goals, but we have no-one to blame but ourselves. As the manager, I take full responsibility for that.” Rodgers’ team, who finished second to Manchester City last season, now sit in 12th place, a huge 18 points below leaders Chelsea, and face a crucial Champions League game away to Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday. It was a first win in six matches for Neil Warnock’s Palace, who leapt out of the relegation zone and up to 15th. In the day’s other game, Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen scored a fine 90th-minute winner to earn Tottenham Hotspur a morale-boosting 2-1 win away to 10-man Hull City. Former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore fired Hull ahead in the eighth minute, but the hosts lost Gaston Ramirez early in the second period after he was sent off for kicking out at Jan Vertonghen. Spurs dominated from then on, equalising through Harry Kane after 61 minutes when he was first to react after an Eriksen free kick rebounded back off a post, before the Dane scored the winner in the dying minutes that left Mauricio Pochettino’s side in 10th place. Chelsea moved seven points clear at the summit by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Saturday, although second-place Southampton can trim the gap back to four points by winning at Aston Villa on Monday. Chelsea played some dazzling football to easily beat West Brom at Stamford Bridge with goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard to stretch their unbeaten start to the season to 18 matches in all competitions. LONDON: Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta (L) competes for the ball with Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini during the English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium.—AP LONDON: Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta (L) competes for the ball with Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini during the English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium.—AP After seeing his team make it six league wins out of six at home, manager Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports: “We played spectacular high quality football in the first half.” Champions Manchester City remain eight points off the pace after coming from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1, while Manchester United returned to the top four by edging Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Stevan Jovetic cancelled out Wilfried Bony’s opener for Swansea before Yaya Toure clinched the champions’ win in the second half at the Etihad Stadium. “We played very well and had a lot of chances to score the third goal, and we defended well,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose side host Bayern Munich on Tuesday, knowing that even victory may not rescue their Champions League campaign. Chelsea lead the table with 32 points from 12 games, followed by Southampton, who have 25. City have 24 points and United have 19, ahead of Newcastle United on goal difference. Newcastle, who are fifth, continued their rise up the table after Moussa Sissoko scored in a 1-0 win over bottom-placed Queens Park Rangers. Arsenal, who have not finished outside the top four since 1996, slipped to eighth on 17 points — their lowest tally after 12 matches for 32 years. After failing to score during their first-half supremacy, Arsenal capitulated with defender Kieran Gibbs scoring an own goal and Wayne Rooney netting for United. Olivier Giroud’s goal was too late to prevent United winning away in the league for the first time this season. “Defensively, we were a bit naive,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. To compound matters for Arsenal, Wenger’s side lost key midfielder Jack Wilshere and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to injury, four days before an important Champions League home game with Borussia Dortmund. West Ham United, who started the day in fourth place, ended it in sixth after losing 2-1 at Everton who made it seven matches without defeat in all competitions. Leon Osman scored the winner on his 400th club appearance. Burnley climbed off the foot of the standings by recording its first away triumph, with Danny Ings’ double claiming a 2-1 victory at Stoke City, and Leicester City, who have not scored for five league matches, drew 0-0 with Sunderland..

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