Thursday, 31 January 2008

West Ham United 1 Liverpool 0

"It's tremendous - if you're going to get a penalty and score then it's a great time to do it. Week in and week out we've put in a lot of effort - the squad have a fantastic attitude and full credit goes to them. We've lost three games in the last 16 and that's gone unnoticed."~ Alan Curbishley

Noble Penalty Plunges Liverpool Into Seventh Hell by Dominic Fifield
Liverpool's plod in the Premier League has juddered to a halt. A side who had expected to challenge for the title back in autumn gasp in seventh place this morning, their season steadily unravelling around a bewildered Rafael Benítez... Guardian
Benitez Put On The Spot As Noble Penalty Adds To Misery by Tom Dart
Is this the way it will end for Rafael Benítez, with a bang and a whimper? The bang was Jamie Carragher’s crass connection with Fredrik Ljungberg that gave Mark Noble an opportunity to score the winning penalty that he embraced with aplomb. The whimper was Liverpool’s performance... Times
Noble On Spot To Punish Liverpool by Mike Rowbottom
Liverpool's season began to unravel last night as a penalty in the third minute of injury time from Mark Noble inflicted a defeat which distanced them yet further from the sharp end of the Premier League and a position which is not so much desirable as essential in the wake of their recent £350m refinancing by the club's American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett... Independent
Benitez Shows Strain Of Liverpool Defeat by John Ley
Rafael Benitez offered a defiant response to Liverpool's latest disappointment last night, insisting that the club, in seventh place after this defeat, could still qualify for the Champions League, while not completely ruling out winning the title. Yet, after watching Mark Noble convert a penalty in the fourth minute of added time, the Liverpool manager carried the air of man under pressure... Telegraph
Noble's Spot Prize Heaps Mre Pressure On Rafa by Neil Ashton
Cast your mind back to Boxing Day and Liverpool's 2-1 victory at Derby was expected to be the catalyst for a charge towards the Barclays Premier League title. Four successive draws and a defeat later, a frustrated Rafael Benitez and his team can forget about getting their hands on the crown jewels... Mail
Noble Puts Rafa Right On The Spot by Matt Law
Liverpool really can forget about the title. And if they are not careful, their Champions League hopes will be under threat as well... Express

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