Ian Evatt outjumps Martin Skrtel and heads the ball across goal for DJ Campbell to finish. Blackpool celebrate a double against Liverpool for the first time since 1946-47. King Kenny’s arrival fails to stop the rot. Maybe Roy Hodgson feels a wee bit vindicated.
Liverpool made a bright start and were up early with Fernando Torres coming alive in a rare instance to lash a ball past Richard Kingson after receiving a pass from Martin Kelly. But they were undone by sloppy defensive work when Torres carelessly passed the ball to Raul Miereles forcing him to reflexively toe poke the ball to David Vaughan. The Blackpool midfielder wasted no time to feed the onrushing Gary Taylor Fletcher, who easily cut inside Daniel Agger and slot the ball past Pepe Reina. The euphoria which swept the visiting fans after Torres’s goal dissipated instantly.
Blackpool are now in 9th position. They’re an enjoyable side to watch playing an attacking and attractive brand of football – they seem less bothered by the grimness of hanging onto promotion which probably has a lot to do with Ian Holloway’s effusive personality.