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Liverpool 0-2 West Brom

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McAuley: On target

McAuley: On target

Late goals from Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku secured West Brom a smash-and-grab win at Liverpool.

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Albion, without a win since Boxing Day and with just one point from their last six games, failed to test Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina until the 80th minute of the game.

But they went on to secure maximum points at Anfield for the second successive season after Steven Gerrard saw a penalty saved by the inspirational Ben Foster.

Liverpool thought they had taken the lead as early as the ninth minute but Jonjo Shelvey was rightly flagged offside after firing in when Foster could only parry a volley from Glen Johnson.

On 24 minutes Daniel Agger had a header from a Stewart Downing tipped over by Foster, before the former England keeper parried a 25-yard effort from Downing.

Liverpool started the second half on top with Foster coming off his line to bravely deny Gerrard after a Downing shot fell at his feet in front of goal, before Jordan Henderson's cheeky flick at the near post from a Johnson cross was well saved on 52 minutes.

On 71 minutes a fierce drive by Gerrard from the edge of the box was saved by Foster with Fabio Borini firing the rebound wide.

Liverpool should have taken a deserved lead from the penalty spot on 77 minutes after Jonas Olsson was adjudged to have fouled Luis Suarez inside the area.

But Foster was again on hand to correctly guess where Gerrrard's spot-kick would go to make a fine save.

The miss changed the game completely and Jose Reina had to be alert to tip Youssouf Mulumbu's long-range strike round his post on 80 minutes for his first save of the game.

From the subsequent corner by Chris Brunt, McAuley rose unmarked to head into the net from six yards.

Substitute Lukaku then raced away on the break before flashing his effort just wide on 88 minutes.

However, he was not to be denied in stoppage time when he collected a James Morrison pass inside the area and drilled a low strike into the far corner of Reina's net.

The win moves West Brom above Liverpool into eighth position in the Premier League table.

Posted: 11/02/13 22:26

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