VB Weekend Winners and Losers
Rovers turned up wanting a point and left with what we deserved, absolutely zip.
I know Liverpool are a massive club in the grand scheme of things but they are criminally short of confidence and we did nothing to capitalise on that. That in itself was criminal.
But who at least gave us a ray of hope? And who made sure the rays were darkened?
Only one way to find out...
PAUL ROBINSON - Absolutely superb and did not deserve to be on the losing side in the slightest.
The fact we made it to half time with parity in tact was a miracle and that miracle was made possible through three absolutely cracking stops of the highest order.
Last season's trip to Anfield ended in a 2-1 defeat and that day Robbo was the weak link. One season on and he is one of the strongest links in the chain.
Didn't really stand much of a chance with either goal and was left horribly exposed at times, but if you look at what Robbo produced as an individual it was difficult to fault anything the former England goalkeeper did.
CHRIS SAMBA - Wasn't even in the side for the trip across the North West but if anyone's stock has ever risen from not being involved in a football match it was our captain.
Deprived of the Congo monster our defence looked short of power, aerial prowess and control and the lack of Admiral Nelsen didn't help either.
Ever heard of absence makes the heart grow fonder?
MICHEL SALGADO - The one defender who was keeping a calm head whilst the headless chickens (takeover reference number one) around him were losing theirs.
Never shirked a challenge and hid the limitations that an Indian summer of a career brings, the Spaniard was a willing contributor to the cause.
With such poultry help (takeover reference number two) it is no surprise he didn't rise above 'acceptable' though.
BRETT EMERTON - What in the blue hell was he doing for Liverpool's second goal?
It was difficult to justify he selection after a reasonably tame offering against Sunderland at the expense of, say, Vince Grella (who did OK when on) but he turned in a wretched display which highlighted a lack of belief.
The running and the industry will always be there with the Aussie, that will never change, but an amazing loss of common sense and spacial awareness hampers any positives in his performances sometimes.
Must get better.
NIKO KALINIC - He is dying a sweet death up there on his own.
It is partly his own fault as he has an inexplicable knack of falling over when a simply shield would do the trick but the lack of support he receives at time is crippling.
A change in system and ideally a change in fortune needs to happen if his confidence isn't to be shot to pieces by the time we hit the festive period.
BIG SAM ALLARDYCE - Tread carefully Samuel as the main reason we picked up a big fat zero at Anfield wasn't being deprived of Samba and Nelsen.
It was the managers stubborn streak and tactical inflexibility.
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