Thursday, 6th January 2011 

Further pressure was heaped on Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson last night as the club’s away day blues continued. A 3-1 defeat at Ewood Park to Blackburn Rovers ensured that the Reds lost their ninth Premier League match of the season.

Blackburn took the lead through Martin Olsson, the ball being shot through Pepe Reina’s legs, after 32 minutes. Before Liverpool could compose themselves, the much maligned Benjani added a second six minutes later, tapping home after a good run by David Hoilett. Benjani picked up his second of the night after 57 minutes and despite Steven Gerrard pulling one back with nine minutes left, he then missed a penalty before full time, having been brought down by Michel Salgado. 3-1 to Blackburn was how it finished.

"Dejection, bitter disappointment and frustration", said Hodgson after being asked how he felt.

"I’m very disappointed for the fans who travelled so far and gave us such good support only to see the team concede the goals we conceded. I thought in the second half we did our best to retrieve a seemingly hopeless situation and get back on track and who knows, if Steven’s penalty had gone in we might have even made the last five minutes more exciting."

And the Liverpool manager, who looks to be moving ever closer to the exit door admitted he could not put a positive slant on the result and the loss was a very bad one indeed.

"Unfortunately, when you’re Liverpool and you lose away to Blackburn there is nothing that can be said which will put a positive slant or make the situation look any brighter, so as far as I’m concerned it’s a really, really bad day."


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