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Good game tonight against a very experienced Burnley team, half full of firts teamers back from injury or getting fitness up - including for 65 minutes Owen Coyle, who regulalrly got clattered by Ayala.


First half was a bit Kick-n'-Rush, but we could have had it in the net within 5 mins witha fine Ayala header from a corner. Eccleston went close a couple of times, Amoo once but mostly the Burnley keeper was pretty solid. Second half, one of their multi-clogger CB's got sent off for his 3rd clattering kung-fu tackle, two of which had been on Eccleston, one on Amoo. Liverpool had already setepped up the tempo by this point, probably drawing the carthorse into the challenge to begin with, and the passing was getting crisper, quicker and better. The new Hungarian lad, Zsolt Poloskei was excellent in his first real outing - great vision and good feet - yes, two of them. The game was won in injury time when Pacheco, who had missed a sitter from the in-form and ever willing Robbie Threlfall, crossing hard along the ground, dragged back from the touchline at pace after beating ex manc Eckersley by turning him inside out, finally curled a last minute free kick beautifully in an arc over the wall and rippled the inside of the keepers right-hand side netting. A deserved win, but not enough for John McMahon who claimed many of his players did what they needed to and little more 'too many 6/10's' (does he read the Genny?) said John - I expect 8-9/10 on a regular basis if you play for this club. Tough taskmaster! In goal, Hansen had one save only of note to make all game.


Rafa, Sammy and Tupac were in attendance and will have admired the skill and guile of Pacheco and Poloskei, the drive and enthusiasm of Spearing, Derby, Threlfall and Eccleston - not to mention the sheer gritty 'they shall not pass-edness' of Ayala.


For his fans :) Brouwer came on as sub and again, nearly scored with his first touch, and would have scored two except for one fine instinctive save and a really good block from one of their less-grockle like defenders.


Good stuff - unless you're John McMahon.

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