Liverpool earn draw in away leg
AUGSBURG 0 LIVERPOOL 0
Liverpool could not find the net but will come back to Anfield in a strong position after a 1st leg 0-0 draw in Germany. Roberto Firmino’s deflect shot was the best chance of a poor first half. The best chance of the game fell to Daniel Sturridge who fluffed a shot from six yards after a James Milner cross..
The home sides best spell was in the last 15 minutes, Kostas Stafylidis put a shot wide and former Sunderland man Ji Don-Wong hit the post late on.Hopefully the second leg will have more entertainment as the Reds will be favourites to go through despite their poor home form as of late.
Valuable point gained by the Seasiders
BLACKPOOL 0 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0
Blackpool earned a point to take them 4 points clear of the relegation zone at home to Oldham on Tuesday. in an even game Blackpool hit the woodwork when Jim McAllister’s innovative back heel struck the post after a flick on from a corner. Carl Winchester and Liam Kelly forced saves from the Blackpool keeper Dean Lyness.
Danny Lafferty had the best chance of the second half but Lyness saved again. Martin Paterson could have won it for Blackpool with three minutes to go but his shot was saved. The draw was a fair result on the balance of play and edges Blackpool further towards safety.
Stead double helps Notts to away win
HARTLEPOOL UNITED 2 NOTTS COUNTY 3
Notts County got a rare away win at Hartlepool on Tuesday after losing a two goal lead. Notts raced into a two goal lead, Jon Steads curling shot gave Hartlepool keeper Trevor Carson no chance. Liam Noble made it two converting a cross from Eliott Hewitt to put the Magpies in a strong position. Hewitt, Jason Banton and Izale McLeod all had chances to add to the lead as Notts dominated the first half.
Hartlepool improved and hit back in the second half. Nathan Thomas had an excellent second half and he set up Jake Grey to get one back and then provided the ball for Billy Paynter to equalise. With 10 minutes left Noble and Stead combined with Stead scoring from Noble’s corner to give Notts the lead back just as it looked as it was going Hartlepool’s way.
The win leaves County nine behind the play-off spots, they do have game in hand on most around them though. An excellent run would be needed to get there. Hartlepool remain three points off the drop zone.
Comfortable away win for Chester
ALTRINCHAM 0 CHESTER CITY 3
Chester City eased any fears they may get dragged into the relegation zone with a dominant display at Altrincham. Jordan Chapell ht the post for Chester in the opening minutes. The visitors took the lead as Danny O’ Brien converted a cross from Ryan Lloyd. Ross Hannah then had a chance to make to two from the penalty spot after Chapell was brought down but he missed.
Chester made it two just before half time through Ryan Astles who scored with a left foot strike from John Rooney’s cross. Chester continued to dominate in the second half adding a third goal as Hannah made up for his penalty miss to slot home Sam Hughes throughball. They had chances to add more but settled for three.
The win moves Chester up to 16th place eight points clear of the drop zone. Altrincham are hovering above the relegation places a little to close for comfort after the defeat.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
UEFA Cup – 1st Knockout Round – 1st leg
Augsburg (0) 0 – Liverpool (0) 0 – At The WWK Arena, Augsburg, Germany
Blackpool (0) 0 – Oldham Athletic (0) 0 – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Hartlepool United (0) 2 (Grey, Paynter) – Notts County (2) 3 (Stead 2, Noble) – At Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Altrincham (0) 0 – Chester City (2) 3 (O’Brien, Astles, Hannah) – At Moss Lane, Altrincham
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE SOCCERROUND – Jon Stead (Notts County)