Brighton’s FA cup run is over, with their defeat last Sunday at Anfield by Liverpool which I was delighted to attend. The fixture ended in a forgettable 6-1 scoreline.
The away support was fantastic as always. And despite conceding after only 4 minutes, the game promised much when Brighton drew level on 16 minutes with a 25 yard free kick shot by Kazenga LuaLua. Liverpool were busier in the goal area though and Brighton succumbed to a Glen Johnson header shortly before half time. Further chances looked likely at half time, and Brighton were certainly in with a shout.
The home fans were largely quiet right up until 60 minutes when the Fields Of Anfield Road echoed around the ground, no doubt enthused by key striker Andy Carroll who finally added to his low goal tally for the season with a drive on 56 minutes. Further goals were added when Steven Gerrard put away a ball the keeper failed to deal with, and with an embarrassing display of ball controlling skills by Lewis Dunk who put into his own net. Despite a penalty which Luis Suarez failed to convert, the controversial front man completed the rout with a goal on 84 minutes.
Two of the goals had unfortunately involved the ever-dependable Liam Bridcutt – this meant it could be argued there had been 3 own goals, something never before happening in the history of the F.A. cup. Another uncomfortable statistic and manager Gus Poyet conceded that the defending had been unacceptable for a team vying for Premiership football.
Possession was 51%/49%. Shots on and off target totalled 30-9 to Liverpool. Match attendance was 43,940.