Carling Cup: Stoke City v Liverpool, 19:45BST, Britannia Stadium, 26/10/11 (1-2)

This one seemed to be following a similar pattern to the previous home games, as we failed to make and take clear chances, but this time we went behind and came back.

At the end of another first half where we probably should have gone in ahead, we went in behind instead, as an awkward bounce and a physical Stoke challenge took the ball away from Coates on our left, which resulted in a cross into Kenwyn Jones whose header was too strong and too well placed for Reina. Coates should never have let that happen.

Early into the second half, Suarez received the ball wide on the left, as we attacked. With two defenders on him, he stood and weighed his options, whilst the defenders stood off him, wary of making a challenge. Henderson ran past him to the left, possibly hoping for a pass into space, but drew a defender far enough away to leave Suarez one-on-one, at which point Suarez produced what could be the goal of the season. He nutmegged the defender in front of him and ran on to the ball and proceeded to curl it wide of the keeper – who was well placed and really had his goal covered – but with the perfect amount of bend to take it inside the far post. It was a strike of pure perfection.

The game was set-up for a finale which didn’t quite materialise – that is until into the last ten minutes. A long ball into the Stoke box was headed out, but right to Henderson, whose first time volley was another piece of perfection, as it found Suarez on the left side of the six yard box, from where he headed the ball across and past the keeper for his and our second. It was a deserved victory that brought us a welcome morale boosting win at a stadium and against a team who have been very difficult for us to win against recently.

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