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Oldham 3-2 Liverpool


Smith: On the money

Smith: On the money

Two goals from Matt Smith and one for Reece Wabara secured a memorable shock win for Oldham over Liverpool in the FA Cup.


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The League One outfit started on the front foot and were ahead on two minutes as Youssouf M'Changama whipped in a cross from the left and Smith rose above Sebastian Coates to head home and provide Paul Dickov's men with a perfect start.

Jose Baxter flashed a shot wide from the edge of the area as Oldham remained on top, but Liverpool were level on 16 minutes through Luis Suarez.

The forward picked the ball up near the halfway line and ran at the Oldham defence, he got a lucky ricochet on his way through and slotted the ball home from inside the area. Suarez had the ball in again when he headed in a free-kick but the flag was up for offside.

He played a part in a big chance for Liverpool when he found Fabio Borini and he passed to Raheem Sterling but the forward couldn't put the chance away.

Oldham got back on the front foot as half-time loomed, with Baxter hitting a long-range shot narrowly wide and then Smith getting his head onto a free kick and forcing Jones to tip over.

The home side were ahead in first-half injury time as Wabara whipped in a low cross from the right that Jones fumbled into the path of Lee Croft, who found Smith and he tapped home from close range.

On 47 minutes the Boundary Park faithful were sent into dreamland as their side scored a third. It was Carl Winchester who put in a cross from the left and that was met by Wabara, whose header looped into the far corner.

Baxter had a chance for a fourth when he got through on goal but he tried to chip the keeper and Jones held on. The former Everton man made a sterling contribution at the other end later on as he dived to block an effort from Steven Gerrard that looked destined to go in.

Simpson wasted another chance to further extend Oldham's advantage on 76 minutes before Liverpool got a second goal back with 80 minutes on the clock.

A corner was cleared to Joe Allen on the edge of the box and he hit a volley that took a big deflection off Baxter and nestled in the bottom corner.

Liverpool threw everything they had in an attempt to get level and Allen's deflected strike spun agonisingly wide before Gerrard hit a powerful long-range shot that beat the keeper but cannoned back out off the crossbar.

But Oldham held on for a famous win and booked their progression to the FA Cup fifth round, where they will now face Liverpool's Merseyside rivals, Everton

Posted: 27/01/13 18:31

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