Liverpool 2-0 Oldham: Iago Aspas Ends Goal Drought As Reds Progress in FA Cup

Iago Aspas scored his first goal for Liverpool, and Raheem Sterling added a second, as the Reds narrowly progressed to the FA Cup fourth round against Oldham at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 5, 2014: Liverpool's Iago Aspas celebrates scoring the first goal against Oldham Athletic during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool 2-0 Oldham Athletic
Sunday, 5th January 2013
FA Cup

Brendan Rodgers put out a makeshift starting line-up, giving Luis Alberto, Martin Kelly, Victor Moses and Aly Cissokho starts.

After a poor first half in which Liverpool had good control and build-up play, but lacked creativity in the final third, the deadlock was broken on 54 minutes.

Raheem Sterling delivered a dangerous ball to the back post where Aspas stretched to meet with a drilled shot into the bottom right corner in front of the Kop.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 5, 2014: Liverpool's Iago Aspas scores the first goal against Oldham Athletic during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was the Spaniard’s first goal for the club, since his £7.7 million move from Celta Vigo last summer and his celebration showed both his delight and relief.

Aspas could have added a second just minutes later when Sterling again delivered a great cross to the back post. Aspas met the ball with a header which cannoned off the outside of the post.

Having made a double substitution at half time, bringing on Philippe Coutinho and Lucas for Victor Moses and Alberto, Rodgers brought on Luis Suarez for Steven Gerrard for the final 14 minutes of the game.

With ten minutes to go, Agger went down with a knee injury and was forced to leave the pitch. Having made all three substitutions, Liverpool finished the game with ten men.

But on 82 minutes, Sterling unleashed a shot from the edge of the box, taking a massive deflection and put the game beyond the Latics with Liverpool’s second goal of the afternoon.

It wasn’t a pretty victory and there were moments when Oldham could have scored themselves, but Rodgers will be happy to have seen his team move on to the fourth round of the competition.

Liverpool will face the winner of Bournemouth vs Burton in the next round. Those two sides will meet on Tuesday, 14th January, after their fixture yesterday was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions on the South Coast.

The Reds now look to next Sunday’s Premier League clash at Stoke City.

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  • Dubai Reds

    From LFC TV taking the rights to show the game, to Aspas scoring a goal, no suprise a shocker. On the radio they said Luis Alberto and Moses had a stinker. We even had to bring on Suarez coz Sterling needs babysitting to score, in the end it was an own goal to settle us down. I see Bionic Man Agger has another injury then …

    • r

      We won the game giving youngsters a start, why the negativity? Most of our team played was under 23!

      • Dubai Reds

        Im happy when those on the fringes of the team wanna show how much they wanna play for the shirt, for fans paying the fees. Playing at home to Oldham with Luis Alberto and Moses carted off at half time just goes to show how poor our squad is.

    • index1000

      i see you are your normal happy chirpy self

      • Dubai Reds

        shut it ya blurd, off course im glad weve progressed but the manner and our squad is very very poor.

  • John Edwards

    Dont get too excited about Aspas he’s still rubbish. That was a game to try Ngoo or Yesil but BR wont give them a chance. I woulda liked to see Illori get a game as well.

    • redder

      It’s a shame we had already used 3 subs when Agger got injured. It would have been nice to see Illori get a few minutes.

    • Eugene Coffey

      yesil is injured if i am right the most important fact Liverpool are throught to the 4th round

    • j75j

      Yesil was injured again in December another ACL injury.

  • Nanak

    Never easy against the lower division sides, Brendan rightly rests players, so we are never at full strength, and for the opposition its their biggest game of the season, for some the biggest game of their careers, so they play above themselves, always the same story. Pleased for Aspas, I think its a confidence issue, so that will do him a lot of good. Think we should give him game time in PL games when the job is done, i.e. 20 minutes at the end of matches when the game is safe. Anyway job done, and onto the next game. Just hope Agger is not out again, suddenly glad we have so many central defenders! Also hope we get Salah, I suspect work is going on as we speak, I think he would be a great addition.

    • Abhijit

      Time for Tiago Ilori I guess

      • allaboutanfield

        Ilori will get his for chance for sure.

  • j75j

    Well done to Aspas! Hopefully he can carry it on into the Premier League,

  • liverpool4life565

    Aspas done well today, had a hand in the second goal too. He just needs more confidence and played as a ST not RW or LW. And good finish aswell.

  • Sachin

    Why wasn’t the game on TV? What a waste of TV time to put chelski’s game on.

    • j75j

      Maybe it wasn’t with Ramires diving making Jose look even dafter after his attack on Suarez!!!

    • Arjan

      I scouted Will Hughes that game and he looked average. He’s good in the Championship though. Regarding Wisdom he looks a lot better than he did at LFC. It seems as though he is playing with more confidence since there’s less pressure at Derby.

      • allaboutanfield

        Huges did a lot of running that is all. Nothing special and definitely not worth the price tag of 15 million pounds.

      • j75j

        Less pressure? You tell that to the teams that are fighting to get into the Premier League!

    • gamepoint

      FA rejected all requests to televise the game. Aspas finally scores his first official goal for the club, but because it wasn’t televised only the people at Anfield got to see it. All of the other fans didn’t. Until highlights anyways.

  • redder

    And the last chance of a cup upset today fades away as Swansea ease to victory at OT!

    • CARR71

      i was hoping for a draw gives them more games to cram in but a swansea win will do lovely

      • redder

        Ridiculous pressure on him now though. To lose to same opposition twice at home in 7 days would highlight an inability to learn from mistakes and improve team selection and set up based on yesterday’s performance. And an inability to get more from his team. He looked every bit a man under pressure yesterday!

        • allaboutanfield

          This isn’t a good time to be a Man U fan. :)

          • redder

            Great for us though ;) the similarities to our appointment of Hodgson are quite striking! Hopefully he gets longer than Roy and they continue to slide. Fascinating to watch the crisis unfold. Fun too!!

          • allaboutanfield

            Not fun for Moyes though. How I wish Sir Alex is still in charge in this current situation . It will be icing on the cake.

          • redder

            I dunno.. Think I prefer the fact that he is in the stand thinking ‘what have I done insisting on this guy’. If the situation really turns into a crisis.. It will taint his legacy. It would kill fergie to have to admit his mistake and agree to owners sacking moyes but the longer he stays, they really risk going into a period of decline. Love it!!! I bet 20 quid with a UTD fan last summer, that fergie will be the next UTD manager after moyes… I might be right yet! If we can beat them to top 4, life will be sweet!!

        • CARR71

          they also have a mid week semi against sundeland hope they crumble then as well ,fergie new there time was up ,thats why he bailed out last season

  • Chalii Ya R

    i am happy, not for the win particularly! but for Aspas.. it was a wonderful effort

  • jtlfc

    The main thing is Liverpool are thru without too much effort, the fringe players got valuable time on the pitch and Aspas breaks his duck. Shame about Agger tho.
    Nice to see Utd are out : )

  • index1000

    Suarez didn’t score for fucks sake. Where any of you cunts at the fucking game?? No? didn’t fucking think so. These games are a banana skin waiting to slip on. We got through the game fairly easily with mostly squad players getting a run-out

  • allaboutanfield

    It must be really sweet revenge for Liverpool to beat Oldham this time around with half the Liverpool team rested . I think this should be the last game for Moses. If I were BR I would rather rely on Ibe than Moses. Glad that Brad Jones kept a clean sheet in his first game this season. Hope Aspas will continue scoring for Liverpool. A bit worried about Agger’s injury. Hope it is not serious. Time for Illori to be stepped in.

  • lfc rocks

    the best thing about liverpool this season is not the thrashing that they dish out to teams once in a while (that they managed even last season), but the winning mentality. they are able to win games in which they are poor.
    the liverpool of last season would have lost to hull nd it did lose to oldham. the only thing that has changed from last season other that mignolet in the team is its attitude and mentality.
    we have a long way to go this season and i m sure we are capable of going there.

  • Watch Over

    Great for Aspas hope his gona continue this more hard work now!

  • allaboutanfield

    RB, goalkeeper and striker as well.

  • eskimo

    glad for the win, aspas’ goal and all the youngsters that were out on the pitch but i’m really beginning to wonder what the point was of signing llori and not loaning him out. if i’m not mistaken he hasn’t played a single minute yet in any competition…

  • j75j

    was injured again in December another ACL injury.