Liverpool has to settle for a point at Bamber Bridge after a goalless draw against Blackburn Rovers.
The Reds started the game brightly winning a corner in the opening 30 seconds with Amalie Thestrup, who should have had a first-half hat-trick, going so close to giving Liverpool the lead but the Blackburn goalkeeper Alex Brooks was able to make the save. Liverpool went close in the 12th minute with Rachel Furness winning the ball back in midfield and then picking out Rinsola Babajide who looks to find someone at the back post but neither Thestrup nor Ashley Hodson could get on the end of it.
Blackburn had an opportunity to take the lead in the 24th minute with Saffron Jordan turning well in the box and getting a shot off but Rachel Laws made herself big to deny her.
Babajide then went close again for Liverpool with a log range effort being saved, Mel Lawley then tried to find Thestrup in the area but she was unable to put the ball in the back of the net yet again. A frustrating first half for Liverpool saw them have multiple attempts on goal but nothing to show for it.
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A big second half awaited both sides and it was Blackburn who started brightly with Jordan through on goal, Leighanne Robe seemed to handle the ball in the build-up with the referee choosing to pull the game back for a free-kick right as Jordan puts the ball in the back of the net for Balckburn. A very frustrating moment for Blackburn and a very big let-off for Liverpool.
The remaining 30 minutes continued the same way with Liverpool having plenty of chances to put the ball in the back of the net but each time Alex Brooks was there to make the save. Liverpool will be very disappointed with the number of chances they missed today. The team was very good going forward and created all the right opportunities for themselves but the end product just wasn’t there. Huge credit has got to go to the Blackburn goalkeeper who had the game of her life today and thoroughly deserves the player of the match award for her display.
As we edge closer to Christmas with only three FA Women’s Championship games remaining, we have got to start being more clinical in front of goal. The games against Durham, Leicester, Lewes, and today against Balckburn could come back to haunt later on in the season and we really need to pick up the remaining nine points before Christmas if we want to continue fighting at the top of the table.
Everton Women await Liverpool on Wednesday evening in the Continental Cup at Walton Hall Park and let’s hope that the girls have their shooting boots on then.
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Lauren – @Lauren_Black9