Date:Saturday October 19 2013
The main topics of match day today was all about numbers.
How many goals would we lose by against a team that scored at will last season and a seemingly better one this time round?
How many fans would turn up to protest against the lack of any ambition by the club and owner, Mike Ashley, in particular?
As far the game, the numbers theme continued with some of the officials trying their damnest to be part of the 11 Liverpool players on the pitch and becoming close to a 14.
The fact that we found ourselves down to 10 men and having to get the crowd to act as our 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th member, just about evened things up by correctly allowing both teams to play out a draw.
By the standards of the first 40 minutes or so though, a draw is scant consolation as we more than matched Liverpool with a composed display.
Yohan Cabaye striking a peach from 30 yards with the pace and bounce on the ball evading the former Mackem keeper in their nets. Sissoko nearly added a second just after to really upset the odds.
The moment that changed the game came out of the blue when a dinked ball to Suarez saw him controversially get in the box before the heavy breath of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 'blew' him over to earn Liverpool a penalty and a red card for our French centre back.
The controversy came because the linesman seemed to flag for offside before putting his flag down and then across his body for a pen to them. The same linesman missing many other incidents in that half to add insult to injury.
Gerrard scored the penalty to unfairly level the scores.
Fearing the worst now and expecting us to collapse to a 3, 4 or 5-1 defeat, the only crumb of comfort would be if the teams somehow got levelled again and that should have happened when the already yellow carded Steven Gerrard, deliberately obstucted Remy when the chance to break away was on.
If that had been one of our players then the notebook would already have been out before the incident took place.
Anyway, we took the lead again against the run of play when a lofted ball into the box just evaded Mike Williamson before Paul Dummett stormed in to half volley it in the bottom corner.
Holding on for a further 15 minutes or so before the healthier numbers made that advantage count by equalising.
Considering the mountains we climbed to get to the peak in this game, this result will go down as a massive moral victory but one can't help think as to what would have happened if the numbers added up.
Date:Saturday October 19 2013
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