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English FA Cup

Sunday, 8 March 2015,

Liverpool
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Blackburn
Kickoff: 17:00 BST, live coverage on BT Sport
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  • Stadium: Anfield
  • Attendance: 43,820

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      Henry on right track for Blackburn

      Playing Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals holds no fears for Doneil Henry - providing he does not have to take the train to Anfield.

      The Canadian's whirlwind beginning to life at Blackburn looks set to continue with a starting spot on Sunday.

      Injury problems in defence prompted Rovers boss Gary Bowyer to take Henry on a month's loan from West Ham on Wednesday, the same day they played Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

      Three hours after meeting his team-mates for the first time, Henry walked out onto the pitch at Hillsborough and was instrumental in the victory that just about keeps Blackburn's play-off hopes alive.

      Henry said: "I got a call from the manager in the morning and I was told I was going on loan and I was hopefully playing that night.

      "I had to collect my stuff from Upton Park, sign some paperwork and then be on a train. I got on the wrong train, asked the ticket man if it was going to Sheffield to find out I had to get off and get on another train.

      "After that finally I recognised some people in Blackburn kit at the train station and from there I was in safe hands. I met the team, did pre-game stuff and then just played.

      "I was just really happy to play. It's been a while. I knew me thinking too much wouldn't be good, I just wanted to get on the pitch as soon as possible and establish myself in the team."

      Henry, 21, began his career at home-town club Toronto and joined West Ham in January after being recommended to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce by former Toronto manager Ryan Nelsen.

      Nelsen played for Allardyce at Blackburn, where he was captain and a hugely popular figure.

      "It was funny coming to Blackburn and walking through the facility and then seeing him amongst the boards," said Henry.

      "Ryan has been a mentor since he came to Toronto. He really has a lot of faith in me and has really guided me along my journey. I knew he was a big figure here and he was a solid defender everywhere he went.

      "Junior Hoilett also played here, who's a close friend of mine, so I knew it would be a good move for me."

      Bowyer is definitely without three defenders in injured trio Jason Lowe, Shane Duffy and Alex Baptiste, while Grant Hanley is a major doubt.

      Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to avoid the kind of mistakes which have seen many top sides falter in the FA Cup as he eyes a place in the semi-finals.

      The Reds head into the weekend as favourites for the competition after fellow big guns Manchester United and Arsenal were drawn together in the last eight.

      Blackburn are 25 places below their hosts Rodgers insists they will be treated the same as Manchester City - second in the Premier League - were last weekend.

      "They got their first league win away from home in four months in the week (at Sheffield Wednesday) but we will give them the same respect we would give Manchester City or any other team," said the Liverpool boss.

      "It is a big game. We made it clear our intent in this competition was to get to the final and win it and to do that you have to beat different types of teams and Blackburn will come and look to make it difficult for us.

      "I think (Rovers manager) Gary Bowyer has done an outstanding job since he has gone in there.

      "He's had a similar pathway to myself in terms of working in youth development so he understands football clubs from the top to the bottom.

      "He has gone in there in very difficult circumstances and stabilised the club and got everyone on the same path and has done an outstanding job."

      While securing Champions League football for next season remains the priority Rodgers would dearly love to win some silverware in his third year in charge.

      Having reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup he hopes to go at least one better in this competition, although he admits he is only interested in a final at Wembley.

      "People say getting to Wembley for the semi-final is a big thing but not really. Winning and getting to the final is the big priority," he said.

      Captain Steven Gerrard will be assessed over the next 48 hours before a decision is made on whether he is fit enough. He has missed the last six matches with a hamstring injury but returned to training this week.

      Defender Mamadou Sakho is edging closer to a return after four matches out with a hip problem.

      91'

      End of the game

      91'

      The referee has signaled the end of the second half

      89'

      Emre Can (Liverpool) Free Kick at 89'

      88'

      Tom Cairney

      88'

      Tom Cairney commits a foul on Mario Balotelli resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      88'

      Dejan Lovren clears the ball from danger.

      88'

      Chris Taylor crosses the ball.

      87'

      Throw-in: Adam Lallana takes it (Attacking)

      87'

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      87'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      86'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      86'

      Raheem Sterling hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

      86'

      Glen Johnson crosses the ball.

      85'

      Lee Williamson clears the ball from danger.

      85'

      Alex Baptiste clears the ball from danger.

      85'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      83'

      Rudy Gestede clears the ball from danger.

      83'

      Adam Henley clears the ball from danger.

      83'

      Simon Eastwood makes the save (Feet)

      83'

      Jordan Henderson hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

      83'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      82'

      Chris Taylor clears the ball from danger.

      82'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      82'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      82'

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      82'

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      82'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      82'

      Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 82'

      82'

      Rudy Gestede commits a foul on Kolo Touré resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      81'

      Simon Eastwood makes the save (Catch)

      81'

      Mario Balotelli hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

      80'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      80'

      Philippe Coutinho crosses the ball.

      80'

      Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Free Kick at 80'

      79'

      Craig Conway commits a foul on Mario Balotelli resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      79'

      Alex Baptiste clears the ball from danger.

      79'

      Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.

      79'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      79'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      78'

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      78'

      Raheem Sterling crosses the ball.

      77'

      Marcus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) Free Kick at 77'

      77'

      Jordan Henderson commits a foul on Corry Evans resulting on a free kick for Blackburn Rovers

      77'

      Throw-in: Marcus Olsson takes it (Attacking)

      77'

      Dejan Lovren clears the ball from danger.

      76'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      76'

      Chris Taylor clears the ball from danger.

      76'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      74'

      Throw-in: Adam Lallana takes it (Attacking)

      74'

      Throw-in: Adam Lallana takes it (Attacking)

      74'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      74'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      73'

      Daniel Sturridge curls a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

      71'

      Throw-in: Philippe Coutinho takes it (Defending)

      71'

      Throw-in: Marcus Olsson takes it (Attacking)

      70'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      70'

      Mario Balotelli hits an impressive right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

      69'

      Throw-in: Adam Henley takes it (Attacking)

      69'

      Throw-in: Adam Henley takes it (Attacking)

      68'

      Blackburn Rovers makes a sub: Chris Taylor enters for Ben Marshall. Reason: Tactical

      68'

      Throw-in: Adam Henley takes it (Defending)

      66'

      Corry Evans blocks the shot

      66'

      Emre Can hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      66'

      Matthew Kilgallon blocks the shot

      66'

      Daniel Sturridge hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      66'

      Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) Free Kick at 66'

      66'

      Tom Cairney commits a foul on Daniel Sturridge resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      65'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      65'

      Throw-in: Philippe Coutinho takes it (Attacking)

      65'

      Simon Eastwood (Blackburn Rovers) Free Kick at 65'

      64'

      Philippe Coutinho commits a foul on Tom Cairney resulting on a free kick for Blackburn Rovers

      63'

      Simon Mignolet takes a short goal kick

      62'

      Rudy Gestede clears the ball from danger.

      62'

      Adam Henley clears the ball from danger.

      62'

      Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.

      61'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      60'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      59'

      Kolo Touré hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: hit post

      59'

      Philippe Coutinho crosses the ball.

      59'

      Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Free Kick at 59'

      59'

      Liverpool makes a sub: Mario Balotelli enters for Lazar Markovic. Reason: Tactical

      59'

      Craig Conway commits a foul on Raheem Sterling resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      58'

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      58'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      58'

      Raheem Sterling crosses the ball.

      58'

      Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Defending)

      57'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      57'

      Throw-in: Adam Lallana takes it (Attacking)

      57'

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      57'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      56'

      Matthew Kilgallon blocks the shot

      56'

      Daniel Sturridge hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      54'

      Emre Can (Liverpool) Free Kick at 54'

      54'

      Adam Henley commits a foul on Emre Can resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      53'

      Adam Lallana clears the ball from danger.

      53'

      Craig Conway crosses the ball.

      53'

      Throw-in: Marcus Olsson takes it (Attacking)

      52'

      Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Defending)

      52'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      51'

      Philippe Coutinho curls a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

      51'

      Alex Baptiste blocks the shot

      51'

      Daniel Sturridge hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      51'

      Lee Williamson clears the ball from danger.

      51'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      51'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      51'

      Philippe Coutinho crosses the ball.

      51'

      Throw-in: Raheem Sterling takes it (Attacking)

      51'

      Throw-in: Adam Henley takes it (Defending)

      50'

      Throw-in: Ben Marshall takes it (Attacking)

      50'

      Jordan Henderson clears the ball from danger.

      50'

      Jordan Henderson clears the ball from danger.

      50'

      Marcus Olsson crosses the ball.

      49'

      Glen Johnson clears the ball from danger.

      49'

      Simon Mignolet makes the save (Parry)

      49'

      Alex Baptiste hits a good header. Outcome: save

      48'

      Emre Can clears the ball from danger.

      48'

      Craig Conway crosses the ball.

      48'

      Ben Marshall crosses the ball.

      48'

      Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) Free Kick at 48'

      47'

      Raheem Sterling commits a foul on Craig Conway resulting on a free kick for Blackburn Rovers

      46'

      Simon Mignolet takes a short goal kick

      46'

      Throw-in: Ben Marshall takes it (Attacking)

      46'

      The second half is under way

      46'+7

      Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Defending)

      46'+7

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      46'+7

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      46'+7

      Glen Johnson crosses the ball.

      46'+6

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      46'+6

      Lazar Markovic crosses the ball.

      46'+6

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      46'+6

      Simon Eastwood makes the save (Parry)

      46'+6

      Daniel Sturridge hits an impressive left footed shot. Outcome: save

      46'+5

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      46'+5

      Ben Marshall clears the ball from danger.

      46'+5

      Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.

      46'+5

      Dejan Lovren hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

      46'+4

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      46'+4

      Lazar Markovic crosses the ball.

      46'+4

      Tom Cairney crosses the ball.

      46'+4

      Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) Free Kick at 50'

      46'+3

      Dejan Lovren commits a foul on Rudy Gestede resulting on a free kick for Blackburn Rovers

      46'+3

      Glen Johnson clears the ball from danger.

      46'+2

      Simon Eastwood makes the save (Other)

      46'+2

      Lazar Markovic hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

      46'+2

      Throw-in: Raheem Sterling takes it (Defending)

      46'+1

      Throw-in: Raheem Sterling takes it (Defending)

      46'+1

      Jordan Henderson clears the ball from danger.

      46'+1

      Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) Free Kick at 47'

      46'

      Emre Can

      46'

      Emre Can commits a foul on Tom Cairney resulting on a free kick for Blackburn Rovers

      46'

      Adam Henley clears the ball from danger.

      46'

      Emre Can crosses the ball.

      46'

      The referee has signaled the end of the first half

      45'

      Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Attacking)

      45'

      Lee Williamson clears the ball from danger.

      45'

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      45'

      Adam Lallana crosses the ball.

      44'

      Simon Mignolet takes a short goal kick

      44'

      Ben Marshall crosses the ball.

      44'

      Corry Evans crosses the ball.

      44'

      Throw-in: Adam Henley takes it (Attacking)

      43'

      Throw-in: Adam Henley takes it (Attacking)

      42'

      Adam Henley clears the ball from danger.

      42'

      Matthew Kilgallon blocks the shot

      42'

      Daniel Sturridge hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      42'

      Alex Baptiste clears the ball from danger.

      41'

      Dejan Lovren clears the ball from danger.

      41'

      Dejan Lovren clears the ball from danger.

      41'

      Adam Henley crosses the ball.

      41'

      Throw-in: Adam Henley takes it (Attacking)

      41'

      Kolo Touré clears the ball from danger.

      41'

      Craig Conway crosses the ball.

      38'

      Throw-in: Marcus Olsson takes it (Attacking)

      37'

      Glen Johnson clears the ball from danger.

      37'

      Throw-in: Ben Marshall takes it (Attacking)

      37'

      Lazar Markovic clears the ball from danger.

      37'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      36'

      Philippe Coutinho curls an impressive right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

      36'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      36'

      Lazar Markovic crosses the ball.

      36'

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      35'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      35'

      Adam Henley clears the ball from danger.

      35'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      35'

      Adam Henley clears the ball from danger.

      35'

      Raheem Sterling crosses the ball.

      34'

      Kolo Touré (Liverpool) Free Kick at 34'

      34'

      Offside called on Kolo Touré

      33'

      Rudy Gestede blocks the shot

      33'

      Daniel Sturridge hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      33'

      Philippe Coutinho crosses the ball.

      33'

      Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Free Kick at 33'

      33'

      Craig Conway commits a foul on Raheem Sterling resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      33'

      Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Attacking)

      32'

      Throw-in: Marcus Olsson takes it (Attacking)

      32'

      Simon Mignolet takes a long goal kick

      32'

      Craig Conway hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

      31'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      31'

      Philippe Coutinho curls a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

      30'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      29'

      Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 29'

      29'

      Craig Conway commits a foul on Dejan Lovren resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      29'

      Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) Free Kick at 29'

      28'

      Rudy Gestede commits a foul on Raheem Sterling resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      28'

      Ben Marshall crosses the ball.

      28'

      Glen Johnson clears the ball from danger.

      28'

      Throw-in: Marcus Olsson takes it (Attacking)

      27'

      Glen Johnson blocks the shot

      27'

      Marcus Olsson hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

      27'

      Throw-in: Raheem Sterling takes it (Defending)

      27'

      Throw-in: Adam Henley takes it (Attacking)

      26'

      Throw-in: Lazar Markovic takes it (Attacking)

      26'

      Marcus Olsson clears the ball from danger.

      26'

      Lazar Markovic crosses the ball.

      26'

      Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Free Kick at 26'

      26'

      Corry Evans commits a foul on Adam Lallana resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      25'

      Throw-in: Ben Marshall takes it (Attacking)

      24'

      Kolo Touré clears the ball from danger.

      24'

      Ben Marshall crosses the ball.

      24'

      Kolo Touré clears the ball from danger.

      24'

      Tom Cairney crosses the ball.

      24'

      Kolo Touré clears the ball from danger.

      23'

      Glen Johnson clears the ball from danger.

      23'

      Craig Conway crosses the ball.

      22'

      Throw-in: Glen Johnson takes it (Defending)

      22'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      21'

      Simon Eastwood (Blackburn Rovers) Free Kick at 21'

      20'

      Offside called on Daniel Sturridge

      20'

      Dejan Lovren hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

      19'

      Throw-in: Marcus Olsson takes it (Defending)

      18'

      Rudy Gestede clears the ball from danger.

      18'

      Rudy Gestede clears the ball from danger.

      18'

      Lazar Markovic crosses the ball.

      18'

      Lee Williamson clears the ball from danger.

      18'

      Ben Marshall clears the ball from danger.

      18'

      Matthew Kilgallon clears the ball from danger.

      17'

      Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Free Kick at 17'

      16'

      Rudy Gestede commits a foul on Dejan Lovren resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      13'

      Simon Mignolet takes a long goal kick

      13'

      Rudy Gestede hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

      13'

      Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) Free Kick at 13'

      12'

      Jordan Henderson commits a foul on Tom Cairney resulting on a free kick for Blackburn Rovers

      12'

      Throw-in: Marcus Olsson takes it (Attacking)

      11'

      Emre Can (Liverpool) Free Kick at 11'

      11'

      Liverpool makes a sub: Kolo Touré enters for Martin Skrtel. Reason: Injury

      3'

      Rudy Gestede commits a foul on Martin Skrtel resulting on a free kick for Liverpool

      3'

      Simon Eastwood takes a long goal kick

      1'

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      Possession

      71%
      29%
      • Liverpool
      • Blackburn Rovers

      Shots

      19
      5

      Shots on target

      4
      1

      Fouls

      6
      12

      Corners

      0
      0

      Yellow Cards

      1
      1

      Red Cards

      0
      0

      Head to Head

      Liverpool0 - 0Blackburn
      Blackburn2 - 3Liverpool
      Liverpool1 - 1Blackburn
      Blackburn3 - 1Liverpool
      Liverpool2 - 1Blackburn
      Liverpool2 - 1Blackburn

      Liverpool

      • 22Simon Mignolet
      • 37Martin Skrtel
      • -> Kolo Touré
      • 6Dejan Lovren
      • 2Glen Johnson
      • 23Emre Can
      • 20Adam Lallana
      • 14Jordan Henderson
      • 50Lazar Markovic
      • -> Mario Balotelli
      • 31Raheem Sterling
      • 10Philippe Coutinho
      • 15Daniel Sturridge
      • Subs
      • 17Mamadou Sakho
      • 9Rickie Lambert
      • 49Jordan Williams
      • 18Alberto Moreno
      • 52Danny Ward

      Blackburn

      • 13Simon Eastwood
      • 14Marcus Olsson
      • 2Adam Henley
      • 4Matthew Kilgallon
      • 15Alex Baptiste
      • 29Corry Evans
      • 12Ben Marshall
      • -> Chris Taylor
      • 32Craig Conway
      • 10Tom Cairney
      • 17Lee Williamson
      • 39Rudy Gestede
      • Subs
      • 11Jordan Rhodes
      • 3Tommy Spurr
      • 23Doneil Henry
      • 9Chris Brown
      • 30Jason Steele
      • 26Darragh Lenihan

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      Rovers hold Liverpool at Anfield

      There was little magic in this FA Cup quarter-final on an afternoon when, for once, Liverpool's free-flowing football deserted them in the face of a committed and well-organised Blackburn side.

      A 0-0 draw meant that the Reds failed to score for only the third time in the last 12 matches as mid-tabled SkyBet Championship side Rovers frustrated the home side.

      Blackburn succeeded where, a week ago, Premier League champions Manchester City had failed in not only keeping a clean sheet but avoiding defeat as they brought their hosts' five-match winning run at Anfield to an end.

      However, based on their first-half performance, there may be a tinge of regret on Blackburn's part that they are not already celebrating a trip to Wembley.

      An eight-minute injury delay for Martin Skrtel, who fell awkwardly in an aerial challenge with Rudy Gestede and appeared to briefly lose consciousness before being carried off wearing a neck brace, disrupted the flow as early as the third minute.

      Blackburn responded to the lengthy break better and threatened to overwhelm their off-key hosts, who struggled to dominate midfield with Emre Can replacing the injured Joe Allen.

      Gestede, Rovers' 15-goal top scorer proved to be a handful for a remodelled defence which now had substitute Kolo Toure at its heart with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet also enduring his fair share of aerial tests.

      Toure's reading of the game allowed him to cut out a break from Craig Conway but the Blackburn midfielder was able to regain possession and swing over a cross which Glen Johnson chested narrowly past the post under pressure from Gestede.

      Conway was less precise with his next effort, blazing over when presented with a free shot after Toure had given the ball away and got caught out of position.

      Blackburn continued to dominate with Raheem Sterling, positioned out wide on the left, having to track back to block a Gestede but for all their pressure they could not force the breakthrough.

      Liverpool's efforts were sporadic with Adam Lallana having a penalty claim turned down for a challenge by Matt Kilgallon, Toure blasting home only to be denied by an offside flag and Daniel Sturridge's fierce effort in added time parried away by Simon Eastwood.

      If the home side were hoping the interval would help put things right in the second half Alex Baptiste's 49th-minute header, tipped over by Mignolet at full stretch, was a warning it would require more than a 15-minute break to alter the momentum.

      Liverpool needed something to jolt them into life and the introduction of Mario Balotelli just before the hour was aimed at doing that, although Toure again came closest to scoring with a header against the post from close range.

      Balotelli's blast high into the Anfield Road End was evidence of the job Blackburn had done in frustrating their opponents, although Baptiste got away with a surreptitious shirt-pull on the Italy international as the match entered its last 15 minutes.

      Jordan Henderson's angled drive was batted away by Eastwood as Blackburn mounted a determined rearguard action in the face of late pressure which saw Sterling head wide but the visitors fully deserved the chance for another shot at securing a semi-final spot on home turf.




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