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Day: January 25, 2009

Match Of The Week II: Liverpool 1-1 Everton

For the second time in seven days, Liverpool and Everton produced so much blood, so much thunder and not a great deal of end result. The two clubs will have to replay the week after next after a draw at Anfield which raises further questions about Liverpool’s ability to be able to last the course in a head to head battle with Manchester United to win the Premier League championship. They dropped two points at home to Everton in the Premier League last Monday, when a late Tim Cahill goal left Manchester United top of the table, and Everton again proved to be a thorn in their sides this afternoon. It was a result that Liverpool could ill afford. With the next stages of the Champions League due to start and with every Premier League match now set to take on disproportionate importance, and FA Cup replay against their city rivals is just about the last thing they need at the moment. The FA Cup feels as if it is running out of steam this year. Yesterday lunchtime, West Ham United scored two quick goals at Hartlepool United which rather set the scene for the weekend. Kettering Town put up a reasonable fight before going down at home to Fulham and Torquay United were narrowly beaten at home by Coventry City to end this year’s non-league involvement in the...

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Match Of The Week I: Lewes 0-1 Mansfield Town

According to White Hart Lane legend, upon leaving White Hart Lane after an irrepairable breakdown in his relationship with the new owners, Keith Burkinshaw looked over his shoulder at the ground that he had rejuvenated so much during his time there and said, “There used to be a football club over there”. This is the overriding impression that one comes away with from a visit to Lewes this season. The removal of Steve King at the end of last season and the subsequent break-up of the Blue Square South winning side tore a hole through the heart of the club, and this season has been a constant struggle to keep their head above water. Gutted, filleted and laid out to dry, they sit one place off the bottom of the Blue Square Premier, kept from the bottom place by the crisis torn Northwich Victoria, but still ten points from the safety of fifth from bottom in the table. At every point in the season at which things could go wrong. They were humiliated at home by Eastern Counties League side Leiston in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round – a match which, because of the competition’s prize money, they couldn’t afford to lose, literally or metaphorically. Last week, they were knocked out of the FA Trophy at Havant & Waterlooville, a team a division below them. The small diversion...

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