Oldham Athletic took the place of Luton Town as the team on everyone’s lips after they staged their very own FA Cup shock at Boundary Park on Sunday. The League One side triumphed 3-2 in the blisteringly cold wind and rain to send last year’s finalists Liverpool tumbling out of the competition.
While at HITC we actually predicted the demise of the Premier League side on Friday the result would have come as a shock to most people as a side battling relegation to the bottom ladder of the Football League outpowered their more illustrious rivals on what could be described as ‘an old fashioned cup tie’.
After the game Brendan Rodgers was, as you might guess, thoroughly disappointed with the efforts of his troop of international players and young starlets. In fact it was the latter that really got the brunt of the blame from the Northern Irishmen.
"I was bitterly disappointed with the young players as they had a chance to compete for a club that has to challenge for trophies. We lost our concentration and only had spells in the last 35 minutes when we were at the right level. The intensity of our game was nowhere near where it should be at the beginning. We gave the ball away too easily and were not strong enough physically. Congratulations to Oldham, though."
Firstly there was Sebastian Coates; the Uruguayan once named the player of the tournament at the Copa America could not handle the sheer physicality of Oldham’s two-goal hero Matt Smith. Then Raheem Sterling was also culpable for a poor performance. He struggled tracking back against Carl Winchester who seemed to have the beating of him for pace and strength. He and Fabio Borini were also inept against the superb performances of Oldham’s full-backs Jonathan Grounds and Reece Wabara.
Wabara in particular looked impressive but he was helped by the performance of Jack Robinson; given a chance at left-back the Warrington-born teenager struggled to deal with the experience of Lee Croft and the overlapping Wabara throughout the game. However the most frustrating part of his performance was the fact you could see he was capable of much more; as Rodgers seemed to insinuate he was one of the youngsters that did not seem interested in taking his chance.
All in all it was a bad day at the office for Liverpool FC; in particular from their youngsters.
What did you make of Robinson’s performance? Or was Coates' even worse?
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