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Liverpool 2, Oldham 0: First Thoughts, Old-Time Radio Edition

Two second half goals--including the first for Iago Aspas in a Liverpool shirt--see Brendan Rodgers' side past Oldham Athletic and through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

Clive Mason

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Liverpool 2: Aspas 55', Tarowski (og) 82'
Oldham 0

  • The FA are idiots. Reportedly only sold the rights for eight matches for the entire weekend, then went ahead and had the draw for the fourth round before the rest of the third round finished (with Liverpool set to travel to Bournemouth or Burton in the last weekend of January). Good start to the day.
  • Luis Alberto was on the ball plenty in the opening half hour, and fired in a shot from range that was apparently Liverpool's best chance of the early going. They had a handful of corners and a few breaks through Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling, with Aly Cissokho and Martin Kelly chipping in as well.
  • No end product to be found, though, with each of the above mentioned missing chances and Iago Aspas struggling to get a clear chance on goal. More bad than good from what sounded like a bland first half; Jordan Henderson had the run of the midfield and seemed to be Liverpool's brightest for the opening 45 minutes along with Alberto.
  • And then Brendan Rodgers took off Alberto along with Moses, opting to bring Lucas in for the former and Philippe Coutinho for the latter. Understandable for the Chelsea loanee, but it sounded like Alberto was good. At least until the BBC commentator decided he wasn't, then everything made sense again.
  • Aspas goal and good Fowler how he needed it. Would have been terrific if he made it a brace moments later, but his header could only find the crossbar. Regardless, a goal in a meaningful match will hopefully do him wonders.
  • Brad Jones apparently saved Oldham's best chance of the match in the 74th minute when Michael Petrasso found himself free in front of goal. Fortunately Jones made the save and kept Liverpool in the lead, and despite going to 10 men after Daniel Agger came off with a calf injury, the match was killed off when Sterling forced a James Tarowski own goal on 82 minutes.
  • Anton Rodgers came on for Oldham, which was probably a nice moment for both father and son and other people who have feelings about things. I was indifferent.
  • No full recap today, but we'll be back later on in the day with whatever sorts of reactions come out in the next few hours. In the meantime, Aspas goal! you can imagine imagine highlights with your mind grapes.

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