N'Gog contraversy adds to Reds' Blues
By Mark Allaway
Tuesday 10 Nov 2009 00:08:00
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Liverpool salvaged a 2-2 draw at home to Birmingham City this evening thanks to a suspect challenge on David N'Gog from Lee Carsley that allowed Steven Gerrard to score from the spot.

The Frenchman started the game brightly and opened the scoring by volleying in on twleve minutes.



But the visitors hit back and Christian Benitez and Cameron Jerome put Alex McLeish's side in front before half-time.

But it was N'Gog who purposefully ran into the area and appeared to jump over the outstretched leg of Carsley and referee Peter Walton awarded the spot kick.

The opener came after N'Gog had been busy in Birmingham's half, shooting at Joe Hart once already before testing the young Englishman from Glen Johnson's pull-back.

Hart parried the effort and got to Dirk Kuyt's rebound but when Albert Reira crossed to the far post the Manchester City loanee was helpless to prevent the opener.

But the Reds' season was summed up at the other end less than 15 minutes later when both Scott Dann and Roger Johnson flicked on James McFadden's cross and Benitez headed home to give his namesake on the touchline concern.

Javier Mascherano and Lucas both went close for the home side but they were stunned when Jerome hammered home from 30 yards.

Gerrard, who'd replaced Reira- adding to Rafa Benitez's injury table- clipped the post with a header before converting the penalty, with N'Gog going close also.

However, Liverpool were left frustrated and facing serious questions of their title ambitions now being 11 points behind leaders Chelsea.



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