Fulham 3-1 Liverpool
Rafael Benitez grimaced on the touchline as nine-man
Goals from Bobby Zamora, Erik Nevland and Clint Dempsey gave Roy Hodgson’s side a deserved victory with Fernando Torres grabbing the one consolation for
But this was a match which only demonstrated that Torres cannot do it all by himself.
He cannot keep producing the only quality in a
We had wondered what the significance was of that stirring victory over
Well, now it looks a one-off. A lone bright spot in a season which could get even darker next Wednesday when
After this result they might just be out of the Premier League race, too.
The pressure is building on Benitez. And with the
Bizarrely, it was a match in which
A match in which they pressed forward with lots of effort, often against a wall of white shirts. But a match in which for vast swathes they struggled to supply the quality to go with their industry.
They must have wondered, however, quite how they found themselves behind after 24 minutes.
But shortly after Benayoun had produced an acrobatic volley which fairly rattled the
The ball came to Damien Duff on the left and that trusty left foot curled in a raking cross which bisected the
A bit of a downer that, especially as
Well, now they know different. Zamora is lethal from six yards.
Benitez, however, must have been scratching his head, such was
The problem was that while
And when the equaliser came they could hardly put it down to rhythm and style. Instead it was fashioned out of nothing, but by the predator supreme.
There appeared to be little danger for the
He needed no more invitation. The Spaniard simply swivelled and swung his right boot and a fabulous volley from the edge of the box fairly scorched past
It was Torres’ 10th league goal of the season and only demonstrated once more his value to
It was an attempt to push
Torres was then taken off on 63 minutes but didn’t seem to have an injury.
The did take the lead, however, after 74 minutes and once more it was against the run of play.
This time Paul Konchesky surged down the left hand side and Reina could only parry his cross. The ball was headed back across goal by Gera and there was Nevland to slide the ball into the net.
It got worse for
Incredibly three minutes later
And to wrap up an afternoon to forget for Benitez, Dempsey rolled in the third on 87 minutes for