*** FT - LIVERPOOL 5-2 HAVANT & W ***
FA Cup Liverpool Havant & Waterlooville
by RKW - White Eagle (U8894432) 21 January 2008
This is the Official Match Thread for LIVERPOOL V HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE in the FA Cup Fourth Round.
Liverpool overcame a very big scare from Non-League side Havant & Waterlooville, thanks to a Yossi Benayoun hat-trick.
Havant & Waterlooville took a shock early lead through Pacquette, and he stunned Anfield after Liverpool failed to deal with a corner, and Pacquette managed to put the ball in.
Liverpool struggled to get going, but when they did, Lucas scored a 30 yard stunner to equalise, and Liverpool's scare looked to be over.
Within three minutes of equalising, Alfie Potter broke away after Steve Finnan's mistake, and the ball bounced in off Martin Skrtel, to give Havant & Waterlooville their lead back again, and again to stun the Anfield crowd.
Liverpool looked like they would go in at half time, 1-2 down, before Yossi Benayoun spared Rafa Benitez's blushed, to equalise once again for the Reds.
After half time, Liverpool looked alot better, & Benayoun scored two goals in the space of three second half minutes, to give Liverpool a 4-2 advantage on the hour mark.
Liverpool failed to deal with all of Havant & Waterlooville's set pieces, & nearly paid the ultimate price on many occasions, but Peter Crouch scored bang on 90 minutes to secure a 5-2 victory.
What did you think of Liverpool's 'fortunate' victory over Havant & Waterlooville?
All credit will have to be given to Havant & Waterlooville, after leading twice against England's most successful club.
Goals: LIVERPOOL 5 (Lucas 27, Benayoun 44, 56, 59, Crouch 90) HAVANT & W 2 (Pacquette 8, Skrtel (og) 31)
Possession: LIV 57%-43% HAV
Shots On Target: LIV 19-3 HAV
Shots Off Target: LIV 11-4 HAV
Corners: LIV 14-5 HAV
Fouls: LIV 8-14 HAV
Yellow Cards: LIV 0 HAV 1 (Wilkinson 32)
Red Cards: LIV 0 HAV 0
Match Rating: ***** (5/5)
Liverpool: Itandje 4, Finnan 4, Skrtel 4, Hyypia 6 (Carragher 84 6), Riise 6, Pennant 6, Mascherano 5 (Gerrard 87 7), Lucas 7, *Benayoun 9 (Kuyt 72 5), Crouch 6, Babel 6.
Havant & Waterlooville: Scriven 7, Smith 7, Jordan 7, Sharp 7, Warner 7 (Taggart 40 7), Harkin 7, Wilkinson 7 (Oatway 74 7), Collins 7, Potter 8, Pacquette 9 (Slabber 57 7), Baptiste 7.
KEY MAN WATCH:
Liverpool:YOSSI BENAYOUN had a good game, scored a vital hat-trick, the Havant & Waterlooville defence couldn't handle him.
Havant & Waterlooville: RICHARD PACQUETTE played well for just under an hour before being substituted, and he can leave Anfield with a goal to his name, after scoring the opener.
This is Havant & Waterlooville's biggest game in their footballing history.
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